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Roseland, Pullman

6,000 Free Masks To Be Handed Out Noon Sunday At Pullman Community Center

The masks are for 9th Ward residents only. Each person can pick up two masks Sunday.

The Pullman Community Center was built on 12 acres in the neighborhood.
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PULLMAN — Far South Siders in need of masks will get a chance to pick up two free face coverings starting at noon Sunday at the Pullman Community Center.

The 6,000 masks being handed out were donated by the Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation. Wilson, a former mayoral candidate, owns a medical supply company.

The masks will be handed out from noon to 3 p.m. at the community center at 10355 S. Woodlawn Ave. Recipients need to be a resident of the 9th Ward. Each person can pick up two masks while supplies last.

Walk-ups and drive-ups are allowed.

The mask drive is being coordinated by Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), State Rep. Nicholas Smith and City Sports.

“I believe the government should take a leadership role and provide masks,” said Beale. “We came together in order to save lives in our community. This may seem small to some, but it is huge to others.”

Gov. JB Pritzker ordered all Illinois residents to wear a face covering when in public and unable to meet the six-feet social distancing requirement beginning May 1.

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