As Covid continues to ravage India, Aurora’s first Indian American elected official has collaborated with Mayor Richard C. Irvin to assist.
Ward 10 Alderwoman Shweta Baid reached out to friends and colleagues in Jaipur, Rajashtan, to assess the actual needs before approaching Mayor Richard C. Irvin for guidance.
“People are still hurting from the pandemic, and deaths are occurring every day,” said Baid, a small business owner and former college professor. “I am so glad we can share much-needed PPE with this city and the people.”
Mayor Richard C. Irvin agreed to donate 100,000 face masks, a part of the stockpile donated to the City last year. Through the Mask-Up Aurora Campaign, the City provided more than 300,000 face masks to residents, businesses, churches, and organizations in Aurora.
“When we were in needed, someone stepped up and helped us out,” said Mayor Irvin. “We are paying it forward, and I am glad to work through Alderwoman Baid to support Mayor Dr. Somya Gurjar and the people of Jaipur.”
Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan, with a population of more than 3 million people.
Alderwoman Baid has arranged for the masks to be shipped to India through contributions from individuals and private businesses.