‘Mask the City’ provides free masks for seniors

A volunteer at Carver High School passes out a free face mask during the Mask the City ‘s Senior Day earlier this week. More than 500 face masks were distributed during the event.

‘Mask the City’ provides free masks for seniors
May 14
03:40 2020

Earlier this week, “Mask the City,” an initiative launched last month to provide masks for everyone in the city, held a Senior Day where people age 65 and older were able to receive a free face mask. 

Last month the City of Winston-Salem announced a partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Health (WFBH) and Renfro Company to supply 300,000 face masks for local citizens, including 60,000 for those living at or below the poverty threshold. According to organizers with Mask the City, to date more than 65,000 masks have already been given away and more than 200,000 have been sold. 

To make the face masks more accessible for seniors, Mask the City held a Senior Day. On Tuesday, May, 12, nine distribution sites were set up in various locations across the city. To receive a face mask, seniors just had to drive up to one of the distribution sites and show their ID. 

One of the hottest distribution sites was at Carver High School. According to Chuck Spong, executive director of Love Out Loud, a line of cars started to form nearly an hour before distribution was scheduled to begin. And less than an hour into distribution, the team of volunteers had already handed out more than 500 face masks. 

For more information on the Mask the City initiative, visit

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