Upon receipt of the 5,000 face masks sent from the Headquarter of the International Buddha Light Association, the our Temple immediately contacted the municipal and district governments, representatives of the public and the community in our wish of sending the face masks to those who are in need. A total of 4,000 face masks have been donated in recent days to the Emergency Management in the City of Mississauga, the Region of Peel.
In the afternoon of April 27, Ms. Robyn Heibert of the City of Mississauga, Emergency Management, was invited to our Temple to receive 2,000 pieces of medical masks, while practicing the physical distancing in the process to ensure safety. Ms. Robyn Heibert is very grateful to the generous support to the staff and workers of the Emergency Management in the city of Mississauga.
Our Temple being in Mississauga, sharing resources and various infrastructure with Brampton and Caledon, with a population of 14 million, all in the region of Peel. With such a close demographic relationship, the president of the BLIA Toronto Chapter, Ms. Mabel Lam, made a special phone call to express the intention to donate the masks. In the morning of May 1, on behalf of the BLIA Toronto Chapter, the President of the Mississauga subchapter 1, together with the vice-presidents, delivered 2,000 medical masks to Brampton, in the Region of Peel. The delivery was arranged as such to follow the official guidelines of physical distancing.
The Abbess, Venerable Chueh Fan, has stated that since March, both Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto and the BLIA Toronto Chapter, through the joint efforts and participation of individuals, community groups, business and the Headquarter of BLIA, have received and collected various types of masks, other than distributing the masks to its members, a total number of 15,000 masks has been donated and distributed to the frontline workers, hospitals, senior/nursing homes, community organizations, food banks and the University of Toronto. If there is a continued need, our Temple and BLIA Toronto Chapter will continue the commitment to reach out to those who are in need.