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South Georgia Medical Center launches mask initiative to get protection to those in need

Posted at 6:44 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 18:44:08-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — With an increase in coronavirus cases, South Georgia Medical Center is doing its part to stop the spread, launching its 10,000 mask challenge fundraiser.

SGMC needs community donations to help them reach their goal of buying those masks.

The CDC says the spread of coronavirus can be slowed down through face coverings.

While some people may want to wear them, foundation director Elizabeth Vickers says the reality is they just cannot afford to buy them.

"If you go to the store to purchase this type, you can buy a box of 50 but it cost $35," said Vickers. "Well, not everyone has that. They need a reusable one that's cloth and that will help prevent the spread as well."

The challenge will go through the end of July.

Once it's over those masks will be given to communities that might not otherwise be able to afford them.

If you'd like to donate or for more information, click here.