Providence gift shop donates masks to students in need

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – There were some Providence students struggling to meet the requirement to have a mask for school.

So, the owner of a gift shop in the city was taking matters into his own hands.

Asher Schofield, the owner of Frog and Toad, planned to donate thousands of masks for students at Providence public schools.

For every mask customers bought from Frog and Toad that read “PVD”; another masked that looked just like it would be donated to a school.

“I think it’s really important to recognize that the health of our schools is the health of our economy and the health of our state. If our schools fall to this virus, parents are going to have to leave work or students are going to have to be home alone unattended,” Schofield said.

To try and prevent that from happening, Schofield planned to donate 100 masks, to start, to each school in Providence, and then continue donating as long as the mask requirement was in place.

MLK Jr. Elementary School would receive the first shipment.

“If we can’t keep our students and our teachers and our administrators safe, it’s going to mean really bad problems for us as a state,” Schofield said.

Click here to visit the Frog and Toad website to purchase a mask.

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