Pittsburgh Police and Global Links Bring the, “Need a Mask, Take a Mask” Initiative to a Close

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 30, 2020) - The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and Global Links are winding down their successful campaign to help protect Pittsburgh residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since May, more than 100,000 free masks have been distributed to residents through the, “Need a Mask, Take a Mask” initiative. Protective cloth masks were made available at all six Pittsburgh Police zones and two substations, placed inside newspaper boxes on loan from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Tribune-Review.

Additional masks were also handed out with Grab and Go lunches at Citiparks – City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation senior and recreation centers and to 70 other community partners.

This innovative collaboration was made possible thanks to Global Links, which donated the masks to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police in an effort to help community members comply with Governor Tom Wolf’s facemask order and flatten the curve at the height of the pandemic.

“Pittsburgh Police jumped at the chance to collaborate with Global Links, a renowned medical relief and development organization that repurposes surplus resources to meet local and international needs,” said Pittsburgh Police Sergeant Tiffany Kline-Costa. “Through this initiative we were able to help play a small part in safeguarding our communities and educating our neighbors about the importance of protective mask use during COVID-19. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is grateful for this partnership and we hope residents will continue to stay safe and healthy.”

When the current supply of masks runs out at Pittsburgh Police zone locations, they will not be replenished.

Pittsburgh Police would like to thank Global Links, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Tribune-Review for making this program a success.




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Cara Cruz
Public Information Officer
Public Safety