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Chamber, FRLA partner on mask giveaway for businesses

By Staff | Sep 3, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce Member Services Manager Ashley Pignato, President John Lai and Office Manager Mitch Orr accept a delivery of reusable masks from FRLA Southwest Director Lois Croft, right.

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association in a program to distribute reusable face masks to the local business community.

FRLA Southwest Director Lois Croft delivered the washable cotton masks to the chamber on Aug. 31 as part of an effort to distribute 50,000 masks throughout Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties.

The masks are available now to pick up or request for delivery.

“The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association partnered with Florida Health & Human Services to provide more than 1 million masks to our hospitality industry throughout the state of Florida,” Croft said. “Our hospitality industry has endured a major hardship these past six, and to provide them with cloth, washable/reusable masks for their employees and guests was another way the FLRA supported and provided resources to our industry.”

Island businesses need not be a chamber or FRLA member to receive up to 40 masks.

“We are grateful to the association for its support,” chamber President John Lai said. “We are doing everything we can to keep our businesses safe, healthy and strong during these uncertain time. These quality masks are one more step toward recovery and stability.”

To pre-order masks, contact Member Services Manager Ashley Pignato at 239-472-8255 or Ashley@sanibel-captiva.org with the amount requested.