A person wears a Chicago flag-themed mask outside of the Art Institute of Chicago on April 30, 2020. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

EAST SIDE — Residents in need of face coverings in the Southeast Side’s 10th Ward can get a chance to pick up two free masks starting at 11 a.m. Friday.

The mask giveaway coordinated by Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza will be using supplies donated by the Dr.Willie Wilson Foundation and concrete company Ozinga.

Wilson, a former mayoral candidate and the owner of a medical supply company, gave 20,000 masks to each of the city’s 50 aldermen this week.

Dr. Willie Wilson directs the distribution of boxes of masks that he donated to be distributed to Chicago wards on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. | Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

In the 10th Ward, some of those masks have already been provided to senior centers, community agencies, small grocery stores and restaurants, Garza said.

Between 10,000 and 12,000 additional masks will be handed out to 10th Ward residents at 11 a.m. Friday until supplies last at Calumet Park, 9801 S. Avenue G.

Residents are asked to enter at 95th and Ewing. Each person can pick up two masks. 

For safety reasons, it is drive-through only.

“The mask order will go into effect Friday and I want people to understand that,” Garza said. “We want to make sure that people who don’t have masks have access to them.”

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

Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th) attends the Committee on Finance meeting on March 12, 2020. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Businessman Willie Wilson passes out boxes of masks he donated to be distributed to Chicago wards on April 28. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

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