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Habitat for Humanity donates 67,000 masks, 2,300 full body suits to local medical community

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CANTON  Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio has donated 67,000 masks and 2,300 full body suits to support the local medical community while the need for supplies grows during COVID-19, according to a news release from Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio.

Habitat for Humanity received the Tyvek suits and masks after the wake of a recent hurricane, and has been utilizing them on Habitat construction sites to protect volunteers from tar and paint. As Habitat saw the short supply and growing need for personal protective equipment, the suits and masks were quickly packed and loaded for distribution. While not medical grade, the masks and suits can be used by front line medical professionals who are waiting for additional supplies to arrive.

“We definitely see this as God’s timing,” Beth Lechner, Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity said in the release. “While we’ve been utilizing these masks and suits on worksites for a couple of years, we now know their greater purpose in protecting those who are doing so much to protect us all. We’re praying these items can help fill a desperate need, and we’re praying for all the men and women who are watching over our health and safety. We are truly thankful for their selfless commitment.”

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