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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Multiple school districts and others in communities near the Mississippi River will soon be getting important PPE supplies. Boxes loaded personal protective equipment are set to ship out to most schools to help them reopen safely amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The effort is made possible through donations to the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative. That’s a group of about 100 mayors from communities all along the Mississippi River. There is a lot to get out, 20,000 surgical masks, 2,400 N95 masks, 2,400 body coverings, 200 goggles and 120 thermometers.

The areas receiving the items include schools in Arnold, Alton, Grafton, East St. Louis, Kimmswick, Godfrey, and Madison. The group is also sending items to other states hit hard by the coronavirus such as Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee.

All of the items were donated by the Guardian Angels Charitable Foundation out of California. The effort was also facilitated by the U.S. Heartland China Association. That group is headed up by former Missouri Governor Bob Holden.

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