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Facebook donates protective masks to Mass. police, fire departments

Officials stood near boxes of donated masks.
Officials stood near boxes of donated masks.Boston Police Department (custom credit)/Boston Police Department

Local law enforcement agencies received a large donation of protective health equipment including masks and shields from Facebook Corporate, Boston police announced Saturday.

The donations were made to the police and fire departments in Boston, Chelsea, and Mansfield, Boston police said in a press release. The Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers also received donations.

The gear will be distributed to police officers and officials at 22 community health centers throughout the City of Boston and three local area hospitals, according to the release.

Boston police thanked Facebook in the release for responding to a plea Mayor Martin J. Walsh made for donations from corporate sponsors.

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“We appreciate Facebook Corporate’s response to Mayor Walsh’s appeal to corporate sponsors for donations and gratefully thank them on behalf of the countless officers and citizens alike who will benefit from these vital items during these unprecedented times,” police said.