Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young Announces Donation of 50,000 Masks from Baltimore’s Sister City
Friday May 29th, 2020
BALTIMORE, MD. — Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today welcomes the shipment of 50,000 surgical masks donated by Baltimore’s “Sister City” of Xiamen, China, to assist in the City’s COVID-19 coordinated response planning. Mayor Young issued the following statement:
“I’m immensely grateful to the municipal government of Xiamen and for the hard work of the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee who made this gift happen,” Mayor Young said. “This shipment will help ensure that Baltimore has adequate supplies of essential PPE for our medical partners and first responders, who continue to be on the front lines of the pandemic.”
The shipment of masks was organized by the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee (BXSCC), an all-volunteer group overseeing international cooperation and exchange programs under the umbrella of Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc. (BSC). Xiamen’s municipal government purchased the masks from local suppliers to ship to Baltimore.
Committee Chair Xin (Cindy) Wang said, “Xiamen reached out at the start of the pandemic to offer its support to the Mayor and people of Baltimore. When we realized that they had access to producers of PPE, we determined this was something that was both achievable and could have real benefit to our efforts here at home.”
Twenty-five cases of surgical masks, weighing 551 pounds, arrived in the US on May 24 before clearing customs and being shipped to Baltimore. Benjamin L. England & Associates, LLC, and FDAImports.com, LLC of Glen Burnie and Columbia, Maryland contributed time on this effort.
About Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee
The Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee is one of eight international sister city relationships managed by Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc., an all-volunteer, non-profit corporation established in 2015 to formalize Baltimore’s Sister Cities Program created in 1979 under the leadership of Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer. Baltimore and Xiamen are marking the 35th anniversary of their sister city relationship in 2020.