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In the COVID-19 battlefield, masks are a critical weapon.
Face coverings are among the best defenses against catching and/or spreading the virus, and they are required in government buildings and private businesses to do everything from checking books out at the library to buying a slice of pizza.
The flipside is that not having a mask can deny people from taking part in such activities.
“Having a mask readily available can sometimes be challenging, particularly for folks in need,” said Antwan McClellan of Ocean City, a New Jersey Assemblyman who served as an Ocean City Councilman from 2012 until earlier this year.
While masks are essential, they aren’t always easy to find and they can be expensive. In response, McClellan is helping to organize a "Free Mask Giveaway" with Alexander Bland, the president of the Cape May County Chapter of the NAACP.
The giveaway takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 12, in Ocean City and other locations around Cape May County.