State officials and business leaders recently greeted The Dreamlifter — a converted Boeing 747 — that was filled with 500,000 facemasks destined for Utah students and teachers to be used when they return to school in the fall.
The state procured the masks from H.M. Cole and Totopazi and will be distributed to school districts in the “greatest need,” according to a statement from Gov. Gary Herbert’s office.
Because this is part of the state’s “A Mask For Every Utahn” initiative, the recipient districts will not be charged for the masks. Boeing donated the cost of the transport; it has made 11 other donations since the pandemic began in March.