On March 7, 2020, a parent of a Chenery Middle School student in our Chinese American community reached out to the Belmont Chinese American Association (BCAA) with an offer of donating 30,000 face masks. The BCAA accepted this generous gift, and arranged the shipping of these masks from Shanghai, China, via two stops at Shenzhen and Hong Kong, to Belmont, MA, the United States.
The first shipment of 10,000 masks arrived on March 19. After careful consideration in light of the current shortage and upon the approval of the donor, on March 20 the BCAA followed the suggestions from the Belmont Health Department, donated 8,700 masks to several local hospitals, Belmont first responders, and a Belmont nursing home where they are needed the most.
Over the weekend of March 21 and 22, approximately 800 masks were delivered by BCAA volunteers to those Belmont residents, most of them seniors, who urgently needed the masks for either themselves or their caregivers, after they registered online.
The second shipment of 20,000 masks from Shanghai, China arrived today, March 24. A small portion of these masks will be available to Belmont residents, while the majority will again be donated to local hospitals.
The BCAA would like to take this opportunity to thank the donor of the masks, the shipping company who provided the services free of charge, the Belmont Health Department, the BCAA volunteers, and Belmont residents for your assistance and support at this difficult time.
We are all in this together.
The Belmont Chinese American Association (BCAA)
March 24, 2020