Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Kai Reed, WBAL-TV 11
Some Baltimore City restaurants are helping teachers return to the classroom.
The restaurants come together to raise money to buy masks.
The restaurant owner who came up with the idea said she was so grateful for the community's support during the pandemic and this was just her way of giving back
"She described to me her fear and feelings about going back to the classroom, she didn't feel like she had enough PPE and she actually wanted to borrow money from her parents, when she told me that I thought we just had to do something do, ”said Samantha Claassen, owner of the Golden West Cafe.
On Tuesday evening, the Golden West Cafe and three other Baltimore restaurants are donating 20% of all sales towards the purchase of KN95 masks for teachers in Baltimore City.
The fundraising campaign will take place from 4:00 p.m. till 21 o'clock
"If we can raise $ 2,500 out of that, we can deliver a pack of masks to 500 city teachers, which is really amazing," said Claassen.
Incredible and indispensable, according to Franca Muller, a Spanish teacher at Baltimore City College. Müller paid for N95 masks out of pocket to prepare for personal learning.
"We really have to make sure that we not only have masks, but also high-quality masks, as these incredible restaurants will help us. We have to make sure that all employees in the buildings have access to these masks," said Müller.
Müller said that teachers are given cloth masks, but not N95 or other protective masks, and that students are responsible for their own as well.
"It is not fair to burden teachers financially to ensure that their students have the high-quality masks they deserve," said Müller.
Claassen predicts a busy night with big sales and hopefully the teachers will feel all the support.
"We can't put the economy back on the backs of teachers or kids who work in restaurants. We just can't, so we really have to do all we can and we can't provide more vaccines, but we are Sure Hell, bring people some masks, ”said Claassen.
The Golden West Cafe, The Local Fry, Toki Tako, and Thai Street will be the supporting restaurants on Tuesday night.
The masks will be purchased from the Baltimore Restaurant Relief Fund.
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