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Representatives from organizations and Raystown Ford were on hand for the donation of face masks at the dealership in Henderson Township Tuesday. Those in attendance were, from the left, Layne Norris, Southside PTG, Matt Lehman of Raystown Ford, state police trooper Josh Kleinfelter, co-owner Jeff Irwin, co-owner Ruthie Irwin and state police public information office Joe Dunsmore.

As part of a national campaign, the owners of the new Raystown Ford participated in Ford Mask Distribution Day, where they distibuted nearly 30,000 masks to law enforcement agencies and organizations throughout the county.

In Huntingdon County, state police at Huntingdon received the bulk of the masks, but masks also went to the Huntingdon Community Center, the Southside Elementary School Parent-Teacher Group, the Standing Stone Elementary School Parent-Teacher Group, and the Huntingdon Area Middle School Parent-Teacher Group.

Around 22,800 were distributed to state police, while 4,560 were distributed to the other local organizations.

Ruthie Irwin, co-owner of Raystown Ford, felt it was important to start off on the right foot in the community to know they can help by being a part of this national effort from Ford.

“It’s important that since we just opened to show that is an expression of reaching out to the community,” said Irwin. “We want to let them know that if they need us, we’re always willing to step up.”

Joseph Dunsmore, public information officer for Troop G, out of Hollidaysburg, said Pennsylvania State Police is always grateful for the support of businesses and organizations to keep the public safe in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We appreciate the outpouring of support from Raystown Ford,” he said. “It shows how local businesses and the community want to keep first responders safe while we all keep the community safe.”

Layne Norris, president of Southside PTG, said these masks will be a needed item for when children do come back to school.

“We will be able to distribute these to any student who may have forgotten their mask,” she said.

Irwin and co-owner Jeff Irwin, who also own Tyrone Ford, also made 4,560 mask donations to Tyrone area businesses and organizations, including the Bellwood Antis Education Association, the Glendale School Education Foundation, Tyrone Rotary Club, Excelsior Volunteer Fire Co., Bellwood, Neptune Fire Co., Tyrone, and Hookies Fire Co., Tyrone.

In collaboration with the UAW and Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford also has donated more than 50 million face masks to nonprofit organizations, state and local officials, first responders, schools and underserved communities in all 50 states in 2021.

FORD’s Project Apollo is also targeting 100 million medical-grade masks through 2021.

Kylie can be reached at khawn@huntingdondailynews.com.

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