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Virginia business owner giving away free masks to seniors 

Posted at 7:14 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 20:12:32-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A Henrico business with a surplus of surgical disposable masks is giving them away to seniors this weekend.

Craig Rasmusson, the founder of Active Medicare Solutions, said he has already supplied masks to first responders and hospitals, so he wants to offer the overflow to seniors.

"One of the main reasons we're doing this is as we're calling our clients, we're finding out their level of anxiety and fear is extremely high right now," Rasmusson explained.

The giveaway will take place this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico location at the corner of Three Chopt and Cox roads next to the Grapevine restaurant.

Rasmusson said a tent will be staffed with volunteers wearing gloves to pass out the masks, which will be in baggies, to seniors as they drive through.

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