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Ford 'Dream Builders' program helps high school seniors distribute free masks to the community

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Posted at 5:49 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 20:49:31-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — On Friday, several local high school seniors helped provide face masks for the community.

It was all part of an event hosted by the Ford "Dream Builders" program. The program helps selected high school seniors learn leadership skills and take part in community projects.

Our local "Dream Builders" held a free mask giveaway at Jim Burke Ford on Oak Street.

One Dream Builder participant told 23ABC it felt great to be able to help provide a tool to others that will keep them safe.

Monika McKenna a Dream Builder participant, "it's an amazing opportunity, the moment I heard about it, I jumped on to it, especially because there are not very many opportunities to go and physically help out the community and knowing that you're helping out and having the opportunity to give them the opportunity to go out themselves to the grocery store. You need these masks to go anywhere. It's an opportunity for them to stay safe."

The masks were paid for by the Ford Motor Company Fund, and along with Friday's giveaway, Jim Burke Ford in Bakersfield is also donating hundreds of masks to the Bakersfield Homeless Center and the Kern County Hispanic Chamber Charitable Foundation, which will distribute them.

Ford is providing a total of 4 million masks to nonprofits and car dealerships across the state as part of Ford PPE Day.