CORAL SPRINGS, FL – There are close to 40 assisted living facilities in Coral Springs -- and many of their residents need masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

On Monday, the Rotary Club of Coral Springs took care of the problem: the group donated 2,500 surgical masks to centers across the city for use now and in the coming weeks, said Sal Golfo, a member of the rotary club.

The masks will be delivered by Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department, whose firefighters and paramedics are equipped with the right gear to drop off the supplies at the facilities.

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“We’re trying to do what we can to help people,” said Golfo, whose club spent $2,500 to buy the masks from United Medco in Coral Springs. “Most of us live in Coral Springs and we want to support the community we live in, especially now.”

A group of volunteers purchasing masks for strangers in need speaks to the strong sense of community in Coral Springs, said Lynne Martzall, director of communications and marketing for the City of Coral Springs.

“It’s so awesome that people are going out of their way to help other people,” Martzall said. “It’s what Coral Springs is all about.”

Golfo said there are a lot of challenges facing people in Coral Springs right now, and his club wanted to focus on resolving just one of those issues – helping vulnerable senior citizens get proper face coverings so they are safer during the pandemic.

“This is what we do best,” Golfo said.