Masks Left on Porches in Dearborn are Being Distributed by the Dearborn Police and Fire Departments

News from the City of Dearborn

John B. O’Reilly, Jr., Mayor

City distributing masks to households to slow spread of COVID-19

Masks have been provided by Wayne County;

City assuring residents the masks are safe to use

DEARBORN, Mich. –  To slow the spread of COVID-19 in Dearborn, the Police and Fire Departments are leaving bags of masks on the porches of Dearborn households, starting in areas with the highest number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

            Dearborn continues to have the highest number of COVID-19 cases of any suburb in Wayne County. To address this dangerous situation, Wayne County has provided tens of thousands of masks for distribution to Dearborn residents.

            Police and Fire began delivering the masks on Wednesday, Dec. 9. They are leaving 10 masks per households on porches in homes in east Dearborn neighborhoods and in the geographic area commonly known as The South End of Dearborn.

The 10 masks are in two bags and held together with rubber bands. There is a brief note about the free mask distribution being a collaboration of the City of Dearborn and Wayne County. The name of Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. and the City Council members are on the note that accompanies the bags of masks.

“I assure residents that these masks are legitimate and safe to use,” said Mayor O’Reilly. “Residents with questions can call my office at 313-943-2300. They can also call the Police Department 24 hours a day at 313-943-2241.”

The intention is to begin distribution in the west side of the city, where case numbers are concerning, but fewer, beginning the week of Dec. 14

Oakman’s Gingerbread House Decorating Competition- Submit a 1 minute video by Monday

Are you ready to get creative and have some family fun? We are hosting a Gingerbread House Decorating Competition and you are all invited!

For this competition, we are asking that you DO NOT use a gingerbread house kit.

Get creative and use items such as graham crackers, pretzels, cookies, candy and more

Be sure to create a plan, gather your supplies and most importantly, HAVE FUN!

When you are all done decorating, make a ONE MINUTE VIDEO of your completed house and email the video to Mr. Abu-Rus (

Please submit all videos by noon on Monday, December 14th to be eligible for a drawing to win a prize!

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Family Fun Ideas

Dedicating some time to play games together as a family offers many benefits. The interactions improve communication and build fun lifelong memories. Playing board and card games are always a great option for taking a break from the screen however below are some ideas of sites that you can play together:


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City hosting TikTok “Mask Up” contest; winners to receive $100 Amazon gift card

Winners to receive $100 Amazon gift card

Deadline for entry is Dec. 18

DEARBORN, Mich. – The City invites residents to help get the word out about the importance of wearing masks through its TikTok video contest, with the potential to win a $100 Amazon gift card.
Those interested in participating in the contest should create a fun,
inspiring video on TikTok supporting the City’s #MaskUpDearborn campaign.
Through the contest, individuals can use their creativity to help motivate the community to wear masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The contest is a great way to be creative and have fun while also
encouraging vital public health and safety guidelines in your community.
To enter the contest, individuals should follow @dearborncitygov and post a video with the hashtag #MaskUpDearborn by 12 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 18.

Guidelines for entering the contest are as follows:
– Enter a video of your creation through the TikTok app and copy the link to this Shortstack:, which will be the
website the City of Dearborn is using to run this contest.

  • Vote for your favorite video on Shortstack! The top three videos will be
    voted on by other TikTok users!
  • Your video MUST include the hashtag #MaskUpDearborn and you must
    tag us at @dearborncitygov.
  • Your video must be focused on the importance of wearing masks to save
  • You can submit up to five videos per person, per account via TikTok.You can vote for your favorite video on Shortstack up to three times per
  • Submit your video beginning November 25 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time
    and ending December 18 at 12 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Videos should be between 15-60 seconds long and should not contain
    explicit music or inappropriate language, clothing, or gestures.
  • Three individuals with the most votes will each receive a $100 Amazon gift card from the City.
  • Complete rules and guidelines for the contest can be found here:

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Laundroche

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