MBP Brewer And NYCHA Tenant Leaders Accept Donation Of 100,000 Masks

Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and NYCHA Executive Vice President Gerard Nelson, and NYCHA tenant leaders Bernadette McNear and Rhonda Bennett accepted a donation of 100,000 three-ply surgical masks from SC Health.

US-owned medical supply vendor at NYCHA’s Rangel Houses in Harlem, NY, development today, to be distributed to NYCHA residents throughout Manhattan.

“I applaud SC Health for its civic-mindedness in making this donation,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “These masks will help New York stay a national leader in ‘flattening the curve’ of COVID infections just as the national infection rate is exploding.”

“As New York City continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, NYCHA’s focus on the health and safety of our residents and employees has been unwavering,” said NYCHA Chair and CEO Greg Russ. “We greatly appreciate this donation of 100,000 3-ply masks from SC Health and our local community leaders who will distribute them, as we work together to keep our community and our city safe and healthy.”

“The Covid-19 pandemic has hit New York City hard, but New Yorkers are tough. We have responded by coming together to support each other, strengthen our communities and help to ensure that we all stay safe and healthy. We’re pleased that SC Health, which donated the masks, and local community leaders are working together to get 100,000 masks into the hands of Rangel Housing residents and the NYCHA employees who are working everyday to keep residents healthy,”

“The Covid-19 pandemic has hit New York City hard, but New Yorkers are tough. We have responded by coming together to support each other, strengthen our communities and help to ensure that we all stay safe and healthy. We’re pleased that SC Health, which donated the masks, and local community leaders are working together to get 100,000 masks into the hands of Rangel Housing residents and the NYCHA employees who are working everyday to keep residents healthy,” said Michael P. Beys, on behalf of SC Health.

“Everyone is naturally concerned about the virus,” said Rangel Houses Tenant Association President Bernadette McNear. “These masks will help reassure all our residents that they are staying safe.”

The mask delivery occurred at Rangel Houses this morning, and the first batch were immediately distributed to scores of residents at the regular Thursday delivery of food boxes from Fresh Direct as part of the City’s GetFoodNYC distribution program.

The mask delivery occurred at Rangel Houses this morning, and the first batch were immediately distributed to scores of residents at the regular Thursday delivery of food boxes from Fresh Direct as part of the City’s GetFoodNYC distribution program.

Other SC Health donations so far this year have been made to the City of Columbia, SC; New Orleans and Shreveport, LA; Howard County (MD) Chamber of Commerce; Bethlehem, PA; and the Richland County (SC) Sheriff’s Department. Their masks are FDA/CE certified.

SC Health is 100% US owned/operated, is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. They have supplied tens of millions of PPE units nationwide to healthcare facilities, municipalities, first responders, corporations, and other entities. SC Health also manufactures or sources KN95 and rewashable Cloth Masks (N95 equivalent), Level 1-4 Isolation Gowns, Nitrile Disposable Gloves, Plastic Face Shields, Disposable Isolation Shoe Covers, Hand Sanitizer Gel, Disinfectant Wipes, and Hydrolyte, a Disinfectant Cleaning Spray. www.schealth.com/sch-contribution/

NYCHA’s mission is to increase opportunities for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers by providing safe, affordable housing and facilitating access to social and community services. Over 365,000 New Yorkers reside in NYCHA’s 302 public housing developments around the five boroughs. Over 190,000 receive subsidized rental assistance in private homes through the NYCHA-administered Section 8 Leased Housing Program.

Photo credit (left to right: Elizabeth Caputo, Bernadette McNear, Michael Beys, Rhonda Bennett, Gale A. Brewer, and Gerard Nelson.


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