Johnson Park Center holds facemask giveaway

After receiving 26 pallets of cloth facemasks, JPC distributed to fellow organizations.

Posted: Nov 19, 2020 11:32 PM

Utica, NY - Reverend Ursula Meier, COO of Johnson Park Center calls it a miracle.

On Wednesday the small not-for-profit agency received a truck-load of facemasks.

“So two months ago, I got an email from an organization called Good360 saying ‘Are you interested in getting a tractor trailer full of facemasks?’ and I'm like, ‘A tractor trailer? Why not?' And Monday I got a phone call, they were saying ‘We will be here Wednesday with a tractor trailer full of face masks,’ and I was like 'Wow. What are we going to do?'” said Meier. 

They decided on a face mask giveaway. The Center received 26 pallets of FEMA facemasks containing 1,248 boxes with one hundred packs of cloth masks in each box. Each pack contains 5 masks.

Rev. Meier says the timing is perfect due to Oneida County’s rise in coronavirus cases heading into the holidays.

“Especially right now, Thanksgiving is coming up and everybody knows in Oneida County the numbers are up and there's a need so we though this is perfect timing,” said Meier.

The county is currently on at 2.9% positivity rate on a 7-day average.

This face mask event is a part of the JPC Food Pantry which is not limited by territory or boundary area. Meaning that any organizations who serve the low-income and individuals from the Mohawk Valley and surrounding areas can receive masks.

If you missed Thursday’s giveaway, Johnson Park Center will be holding a second distribution on Friday, November 20 from 1:00-5:00PM at 26 Johnson Park, Utica, NY. 

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