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Community unboxes 10,000 masks for local business use


by Amiee Jones - July 24, 2020

The safety benefits of wearing a facemask to reduce the spread of Covid-19 has been a prevalent discussion, and widely accepted notion. To join in this effort, the Tioga County Task Force has launched a project to provide complimentary masks to local businesses.

Jim Nobles, chairman of the task force, spoke about the change in dialogue that this project allows. “So, the conversation is really easy. Instead of saying, ‘You can’t come in my business because you don’t have a mask,’ it’s simply, ‘Would you please put this mask on while you frequent my business.’” He went on to outline the ambitious goal of assembling and distributing 10,000 masks to local business, and acknowledging the collaboration of approximately 25 individuals all representing different organizations from our area. In addition to assembling the masks, the task force is also providing delivery of said masks to the businesses. Jim explained that local businesses simply need to call the task force if they would like to make these masks available to their customers, and a member of the team will deliver them.

For Mansfield businesses, the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce is another source to call for these complimentary masks. Dawn Hull, Chamber Representative, spoke to their involvement in the mission and the Chamber’s desire to be proactive toward maintaining community safety. “One of the things we are encouraging our businesses to do is instead of fighting with your customers about them not wearing a mask, and potentially losing a customer, give a mask as a positive message to your customers.” Dawn continued by expressing the desire to see local businesses thrive, and the belief that utilizing facemasks to reduce the spread of Covid-19 will help to achieve that desire.

Partners in Progress also joined the task force in this free mask initiative. Representative Hope Finfrock reported that the organization’s programs started again on June 15th. With the goal of equipping and integrating individuals with disabilities into a purposeful and thriving life, Partners in Progress has incorporated mask wearing, hand washing, and other health and safety measures heavily in to their training. “This is a really great way for us to take it a step further, and reinforce it with our individuals. And, also a way for them to do something for our community,” said Hope.

Some other groups represented in the project included First Citizens Community Bank, Elkland Borough, Township Association, and Laurel Health. Jim Nobles gratefully said, “It’s phenomenal to see the community come together like this!”


Videography: Andrew Moore, Ethan Chabala

Video Editing: Andrew Moore

Writing: Amiee Jones

Anchor: Karsen Kennedy

Correspondent: Ashayla Faulkner, Jared Wiker


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