County’s Sister City in China Donates 20,000 Masks

Montgomery County’s Chinese Sister City, Xi’an, has donated 20,000 masks for Montgomery County employees who work on the front lines.

The masks were received June 19 and currently are in the Department of General Services warehouse in Gaithersburg. They are being catalogued before they will be distributed.

“This generous donation from our Sister City Xi’an reinforces the importance of diplomacy and international cooperation during these challenging times,” said County Executive Marc Elrich in a press release.

The Xi’an Sister City Committee contacted Montgomery County, according to Elrich.

“I want to thank our counterparts in Xi’an for reaching out to offer a donation, unsolicited, and our partners in Montgomery Sister Cities and Xi’an Sister City Committee for their financial and logistical assistance in receiving this donation,” Elrich said.

He also thanked the Office of Community Partnerships, the Northwestern Chinese American Association of Greater Washington and Delegate Lily Qi for helping facilitate the delivery.

Montgomery Sister Cities, Inc. was established in 2009 and the county has been a sister city with Xi’an since 2013. It is home to 12 million residents and the famous Terra Cotta Warriors.

The County’s other sister cities are Morazan, El Salvador, Gondar, Ethiopia and Hyderabad, India.

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Suzanne Pollak

About Suzanne Pollak

Suzanne is a freelance reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She has over 35 years professional experience writing for newspapers, magazines, non-profit newsletters and the web.

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