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Bear Clan to distribute up to 1 million masks in partnership with PPE companies

Bear Clan Patrol volunteers search for needles in this file photo. Tracy Nagai / Global News

Winnipeg’s Bear Clan Patrol is receiving up to a million three-layer masks to give out during its regular patrols of inner-city communities as the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Maple Medical and Exchange PPE have teamed up to donate the masks to the patrol, which has been deemed an essential service.

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Exchange PPE is a local, Indigenous-owned company, and its president, Josh Giesbrecht, said that cultural background played a big role in the decision to get involved.

“Indigenous people have a strong value in sharing during times of need,” Giesbrecht said.

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“We greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with Maple Medical in making quality masks available to those in need by this donation to the Bear Clan.”

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The Bear Clan’s volunteers are actively working to safely dispose of used needles, deliver food hampers, and provide safety, and board chair Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais said the addition of mask distribution to the group’s duties will be a much-needed help to the communities it serves.

“This donation will help us provide quality masks to our people who may not otherwise have access,” she said.

“It will go a long way in helping so many.”

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