We are excited to share that we have exceeded our goal, delivering 1,410 face masks to The Market at 25th, serving as the distribution center.
In early June, St. James’s and Beth Ahabah launched a joint project, with a goal to make 1,000 face masks, packaged with educational information, to be distributed to Richmond’s most vulnerable populations. The project was designed to address the fact that COVID-19 has disproportionately affected people of color, particularly African Americans, resulting in more serious symptoms and a greater number of deaths. This disparity is the consequence of a continuing global inequity between races and cultures in our country. While instituting fair housing policies, improving employment opportunities, and taking other steps to mitigate economic inequality will help in the future, there are ways to reduce the risk of infection in vulnerable populations right now. Underserved communities have less access to face masks and lack critical information such as mask-handling instructions. Increasing access and education can go a long way in helping folks protect themselves and others against unnecessary exposure to coronavirus.
A Heartfelt thank you to our nearly 100 volunteers:
Many thanks to The Market at 25th for their exceptional partnership and to Beth Ahabah and St. James’s staff, who helped with coordination, promotion and served as a “universal drop-point” for deliveries.
What great work!
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SOCIAL ACTION and SOCIAL JUSTICE – DOERS CALLED TO ACTION
St. James’s DOERS have the opportunity to join neighbors and friends at Congregation Beth Ahabah to provide Mensch Masks that will be distributed to some of Richmond’s most vulnerable citizens. Mensch is a Hebrew word that suggests “goodwill, good action or person to the core.” Many DOERS will be needed to join our neighbors in filling all the social distancing assembly line roles that will make possible this good and important action!
See below all the details regarding this important partnership ministry and please signup as soon as you can to be part of this amazing ministry.
If you have questions, please contact, Nancy Warman – Director of Servant Ministry
We encourage folks to take pictures of yourselves with the masks you make (not just the masks)
Examples: You sewing … at your sewing machine, sewing by hand, your masks on a work surface with you behind them
Thank you for being a part of this opportunity with our friends at Beth Ahahab!