Small businesses soon will receive their share of $1 million in personal protective equipment being distributed to nine cities in the Coachella Valley, officials said Tuesday.

The nonprofit Coachella Valley Economic Partnership is set to apportion more than 1.4 million face masks, 96,000 bottles of hand sanitizer and 40,000 face shields as part of its “Million Mask Giveaway” aimed at assisting businesses struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

“This initiative means businesses do not have to worry about spending their own money on PPE. By partnering with all nine cities, it demonstrates what we can do when we work together as a region,” said Joe Wallace, CEO and chief innovation officer for the Economic Partnership, which requested the supplies from the California Office of Emergency Services.

The PPE will be doled out to the Coachella Valley’s nine incorporated cities based on the number and type of businesses in each city. Officials from Twentynine Palms, near Joshua Tree National Park in San Bernardino County, also were invited to pick up supplies Tuesday.

The next phase of the giveaway will focus on providing PPE to health care workers and farm workers, although details on how those donations will be handled were not provided.

Distribution details can be found at cvep.com/millionmaskgiveaway/.

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