Charity, lawyers distribute free masks to needy, elderly

Top News | Amy Nip 17 Feb 2020

A professional group and a charity have joined efforts to distribute masks to those in need, including residents of Tsing Yi's Cheung Hong Estate, where residents were moved out following several infections.

Volunteers of Wing Wah Charity Foundation yesterday put 60,000 three-layer surgical masks into letter boxes in Cheung Hong Estate and Tin Wan Estate in Southern District.

The action aims to spare residents of the pain of getting in long queues, especially as many of them in the two public estates are elderly people.

Each household got five masks. There are some 8,500 households in Cheung Hong Estate and 3,500 in Tin Wan Estate.

The charity, which bought 100,000 masks for distribution, said putting them in mail boxes can prevent gathering of crowds - a likely scenario if they are given out on the street.

A group of legal eagles from LawyersHK aims to source 200,000 masks to give away to elderly, low-income families, as well as frontline and medical workers. About 36,000 masks have been purchased in the first batch.

"We hope that those who are in need of masks do not have to fret about how and where to get them," the group said. "During this difficult period, we should all focus on taking good care of our health and strengthening our immune system in the battle against the virus."

The giveaways came as people continued to flock to outlets selling masks.

Mask brand Body Shielder yesterday distributed 10,000 vouchers for purchase of masks at its warehouse in Fan Ling.

More than 1,000 people queued up early in the morning. All vouchers were distributed by 6pm.

Meanwhile, the Consumer Council has called on people to stop hoarding all sorts of paper products.

The watchdog contacted the five major suppliers of paper products over the past two weeks and was told they had stocks.

Factories producing the items also reopened after the Lunar New Year holiday, it added.

"They have made orders to factories which amount to many, many times of their usual amount," the council's chief executive, Gilly Wong Fung-han, said on a radio program yesterday.

"Those products are coming to Hong Kong. There is no need for people to snap up toilet rolls."

amy.nip@singtaonewscorp.com

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