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First Responders Children's Foundation Distributes Surgical Grade Masks to Virginia's First Responders in Partnership with VACP & Virginia State Police

The VACP is proud to partner with the First Responders Children's Foundation and the Virginia State Police to bring a generous donation of 25,000 hospital-grade masks to Virginia first responders. The First Responders Children's Foundation is also providing individual grants to first responders who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION DISTRIBUTES SURGICAL GRADE MASKS TO VIRGINIA'S FIRST RESPONDERS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE AND VIRGINIA STATE POLICE

The Foundation is also providing individual grants to first responders experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19


  NEW YORK, N.Y. – April 21, 2020 – First Responders Children's Foundation announced today that the Foundation will donate and deliver masks to first responders in Virginia. The Foundation's “Mask Project” is providing hospital grade masks to first responders across the country in record delivery times thanks to MaskClub by Trevco and a national network of first responders.

The Foundation has engaged its network of first responders across the country to create a simple, new supply chain in order to distribute critical items to first responders across the country.  Bulk shipments are delivered to state police facilities, and then first responder agencies in the state use that location as a distribution point so that fire, police, EMT, and other first responder agencies in the area can collect the equipment they so desperately need. The state of Virginia will receive 25,000 masks this week that will be distributed by the Virginia Highway Patrol.  On April 17, a shipment went to Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Police Department, and an additional 20,000 masks are being prepared for shipment to New York City. 

First Responders Children's Foundation was recently  featured in the “Fox Presents iHeart Living Room Concert for America” and a Regional Partner of the “One World: Together at Home” concert .  The Foundation has been supporting first responders and their families for 19 years by awarding grants and scholarships. In recent weeks, the Foundation has raised money for the First Responders Children's Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund through generous donations from individuals and companies. As COVID-19 continues to infect communities across the nation, the need for grants within the first responder community continues to grow, and the Foundation has set a fundraising goal of $200 million to meet the projected needs of first responders.

First Responders Children's Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was established through the support of CSX's Pride in Service initiative, a year-round commitment to support the nation's military, veterans and first responders.

The Foundation also recognizes and thanks many industry leaders for donating to the Fund including Allstate Foundation, Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, CSX, E&J Gallo, Fox, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Perry Ellis, PricewaterhouseCoopers, P&G, The Rite Aid Foundation, Ryan's World, and Ryan Seacrest.

The partnering company of the “Mask Project” is Michigan based Trevco the parent company of MaskClub™, founded solely to provide protective facial wear,  launched as a response to the recent CDC official recommendation that people over the age of two wear a face covering. For every mask sold on the company website the MaskClub will donate a surgical grade mask to First Responders Children's Foundation.

The Foundation is asking first responders to post pictures and videos from the front lines and civilians to share messages of appreciation using the hashtag #FirstRespondersStrong.

First responders can apply for grants by completing a simple, four question application on the Foundation's website, 1stRCF.org, and applications will be reviewed expeditiously.  Grant applications are also available on the website for first responder agencies seeking financial support for COVID-19 related emergency response. 

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About First Responders Children's Foundation
For the past 20 years, First Responders Children's Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children's Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.

Media Contact:
First Responders Children's Foundation
Joanna Black
+1 (646) 912-2681
Joanna@1stRCF.org

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