Rotarian Carol Madsen, left, gives 1,200 masks to Linda White, Lake Regional High School’s administrative assistant. Contributed photo

NAPLES — Rotarian Carol Madsen delivered 1,200 masks to the Lake Region High School in Naples on March 24. This represented 1,000 adult masks and 200 children’s face coverings donated by the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club.

Linda White, LRHS’s administrative assistant, said, “the students return full time the week of March 29, and these masks are very much appreciated.”

The same day, 250 masks were delivered to the Bridgton Fire Department, 250 to the Bridgton Police Department, 150 to the Bridgton Public Library, 100 to the Bridgton Community Center and 400 children’s masks to the Stevens Brook Elementary School. Public entities and nonprofits in Denmark, Harrison, Naples and Sweden in need of masks can contact the Rotary Club at [email protected].

In late March officials of the Rotary District, representing the 40-plus clubs in southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire, drove to East Hampton, Connecticut, to collect 164,000 adult surgical masks, children’s masks, and N95’s for distribution through-out the district.

This was the third and final phase of the Million Mask Challenge. In all, because of contributions from Rotarian Ted Rossi of Connecticut and The Rossi Foundation, a total of 5 million masks have been distributed in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The district distributed nearly 400,000 masks from October 2020 to March 2021. The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club has distributed approximately 10,000 masks, many to food pantries in the region.

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