School districts in the Lower Mainland have received 500,000 donted masks over the holidays. (Pixabay)

School districts in the Lower Mainland have received 500,000 donted masks over the holidays. (Pixabay)

500,000 masks donated to B.C. schools

7-Eleven donated the masks to the Ministry of Education

Schools in the Lower Mainland will be able to mask up a little easier, thanks to a donation of masks over the holidays.

The convenience store company 7-Eleven donated 500,000 masks to B.C.’s Ministry of Education in late 2020. The donation was part of a multi-province campaign to provide masks and hand sanitizer to schools in Manitoba, Alberta, B.C., and Saskatchewan.

The donated masks were delivered in the beginning of December, and divided up among school districts deemed the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Surrey received the largest share of masks, with nearly 110,000 heading to schools for the new year, while districts such as Chilliwack and Delta received in the 20,000 range. Mission received 9,628 masks.

The breakdown of mask donations is as follows:

  • Chilliwack: 20,452
  • Abbotsford: 28,964
  • Langley: 32,032
  • Surrey: 109,638
  • Delta: 24,001
  • Richmond: 30,600
  • Vancouver: 74,346
  • New Westminster: 9,974
  • Burnaby: 36,733
  • Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows: 22,447
  • Coquitlam: 45,952
  • North Vancouver: 23,946
  • West Vancouver: 10,805
  • Sea to Sky: 7,633
  • Mission: 9,628
  • Fraser-Cascade: 2,989
  • Conseil scolaire francophone: 9,862

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