MUSCATINE, Iowa–When looking at a post on Facebook about Mayor Diana Broderson’s mask proclamation, Lieutenant Greg Bock of the Salvation Army of Muscatine County saw a comment that gave him pause. The post identified the Salvation Army as a place where people could get free masks, but one concerned person replied, “what if we can’t make it down to the Salvation Army to get one?” Inspired to remove this barrier to helping the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bock worked with others at the Salvation Army to begin a mask delivery program.
Currently, the Salvation Army has adult sized masks (and will soon have child sized ones) for those who cannot afford them. While the Salvation Army requests anyone who needs masks and has transportation to come pick them up, they will happily deliver them to those who do not have a way of coming down. If someone needs to schedule a mask drop off, Bock encourages them to contact the Salvation Army by messaging the Salvation Army of Muscatine County, Iowa Facebook page or calling their main office at 563-263-8272.
Bock valued the opportunity to provide masks to more county residents who need them and hoped the delivery option will help make them more accessible to more people, “we are happy to be able to do so,” he emphasized. Bock added that the Salvation Army plans to continue their mask delivery program as long as people need masks and they can keep them in stock.
In order to keep their stocks of store bought and homemade fabric masks in good shape, the Salvation Army welcomes donations of both. If you would like to donate, you may contact the Salvation Army to schedule a time to drop your donations off or for a Salvation Army volunteer to come to you and do a contact free pick up. At this time, the Salvation Army especially appreciates donations of child sized masks.
The Salvation Army also welcomes monetary donations to help them purchase masks to keep their free give away program going. “Masks aren’t cheap when buying in bulk,” stated Bock. Anyone wanting to help the Salvation Army make these purchases may mail donations labeled, “masks,” to 1000 Oregon Street, Muscatine in order to assist in this way.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Bock knows many more people in need may require access to masks. By providing them for free and with delivery options, Bock hopes the Salvation Army can keep working to support the community in innovative ways in the weeks and months to come. “The Salvation Army has the mission to help meet human needs without discrimination,” said Bock. This new initiative helps them do just that in Muscatine County.