Caddo Parish residents can pick up free face masks from 8 a.m. until noon Thursday, April 23, at pre-selected sites within the parish, said Sheriff Steve Prator, director of Caddo's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Fourteen locations have been identified in Shreveport and rural Caddo Parish where residents can drive through and receive new reusable masks donated by the Hanes clothing company to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our area. Over 110,000 masks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
"Finding the proper equipment to protect ourselves and our families has been difficult for many of us," Prator said. "Everyone has a part in eliminating this virus, so we're grateful to Hanes for providing supplies that we can pass on to our citizens."
In Shreveport, masks will be distributed at the following parks and locations:
Parish residents can pick up a mask at the above locations or the following rural sites:
City and parish leaders said they were grateful for the Hanes donation and appreciate the company's concern for the health of our citizens. The company donated over 2 million masks to the state, which were divided among parishes based on population.
“I am glad we are able to provide our citizens with masks to protect them as we move through this pandemic,” said Mayor Adrian Perkins. “This is just one more step in our efforts to stop the spread of this virus.”
Caddo Commission President Mario Chavez said,“As we band together to fight against COVID-19 in our nation, state and our parish, this donation from the Hanes Corporation is critical to keeping our citizens safe. The Parish is excited to partner with the Office of Homeland Security and City of Shreveport to provide access to masks, and we urge citizens to practice the guidance of wearing masks in public places to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.”
For questions regarding this press release, please contact Cindy Chadwick at (318) 681-0666