Entrepreneur donates 2 million masks in Roxbury

When local community activists approached Gordon Thompson to supply masks to local communities, the CEO of the medical supply company Westnet didn’t hesitate.

Last week, his trucks showed up at local health centers and churches with boxes containing 2 million masks, ready to be deployed in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Speaking to a gathering at Roxbury’s Whittier Street Health Center last week, Thompson seemed to downplay the significance of the donation.

“We have a holiday season coming where we know there’s a possibility there will be more congestion in indoor spaces,” he said. “This is what Westnet is supposed to do.”

Miniard Culpepper, Michael Curry Gordon Thompson, Frederica Williams and Keith Motley at the Whittier Street Health Center. BANNER PHOTO

Thompson started Westnet in 1994 and has grown the Canton-based firm into the nation’s largest Black-owned distributor of medical supplies, serving

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