NEW BEDFORD (CBS) – New Bedford has reached a face mask milestone – 100,000 free masks handed out to residents.
“I don’t understand it. We were the first city in the United States offering masks to all of our residents for free,” said New Bedford Mayor Jon F. Mitchell, adding the effort to protect everyone would not have been possible without Joseph Abboud Manufacturing.READ MORE: I-Team: Correction Officers Suspended After Vaccine Exemptions Were Rescinded
The company took a big hit during the pandemic but making face masks put 750 people back to work.READ MORE: 'Too Much That Can Go Wrong': Local Movie Prop Master Explains Dangers Of Guns On Set
“When you see somebody with the gray MB masks, it does fill you with pride,” said Abboud Senior Vice President Joe Bahena.MORE NEWS: A Red Sox Jinx? Tickets For Potential World Series Games At Fenway Are On Sale
The city has another 40,000 face masks that are ready to be distributed for free.