Representatives from ONYX Magazine along with City of Orlando Commissioner Regina I. Hill (District 5) donated masks and sanitizers to the Orlando Housing Authority in January at an event held at Ivey Lane Homes. The donation is part of ONYX Magazine’s MaskUp! Stop the Spread campaign. Orlando Housing Authority plans to share the generous donation of products with residents, especially seniors.
“This donation will go a long way in assisting and protecting our residents,” said Vivian Bryan, Esq., Orlando Housing Authority President and CEO. “At a time when so many people are having difficulty finding or purchasing supplies like these, we’re grateful to community organizations that have come together to lend a hand.”
“Minority and vulnerable communities have been especially hard hit by COVID-19,” said ONYX Magazine publisher, Rich Black. “We know that the disease is often fatal in these populations. This donation will help ensure that Orlando Housing Authority residents who are at the greatest risk in the ongoing pandemic will have access to the personal protective items they need.”
Added Commissioner Hill: “This pandemic has affected so many lives, especially those who reside in low-income communities. A donation such as this helps to alleviate disparities and help save lives with the most vulnerable in Orlando. Socioeconomics have made it difficult for the purchase of these items. This donation fills that void and helps in so many ways.”
The donation is a part of Bank of America’s contribution of 100,000 disposable masks to the MaskUp! Stop the Spread campaign, and 20,000 hand sanitizers from Orange County Government. Since the campaign began on July 1, local churches have helped bag the items while a number of businesses have shared the PPE with their customers.
“We at Orange County Government value ONYX’s commitment in helping keep all of our community protected from COVID-19,” noted Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings. “Since the pandemic began, Orange County has given more than 15 million face masks to our community, and we appreciate our partners like ONYX that get face coverings to both our minority and elderly populations.”
“The health and safety of our employees, clients and communities remain our top priority during this health and humanitarian crisis,” said Steven Alch, Orlando market president for Bank of America. “One of the ways we continue to support Orlando is by working with local partners to identify and distribute PPE masks to the most vulnerable populations, such as senior citizens, the homeless and communities of color in addition to schools and health centers serving these communities. ”
Bank of America’s donation to the MaskUp! Stop the Spread campaign is part of a nationwide effort by the company to distribute 19 million PPE masks to communities disproportionally impacted by the coronavirus, and is connected to its $1 billion, four-year commitment of additional support to help local communities address economic and racial inequality accelerated by a global pandemic.
Special thanks to Experience Christian Center and Pastor Derrick McRae, City of Orlando Commissioner Regina I. Hill, Oley’s Restaurant, P&D Soul Food, West Lakes Partnership, Washington Shores Neighborhood Association, Caribbean Sunshine Bakery, Nikki’s Place Soul Food, Pine Hills United Community, United Foundation of Central Florida and all of the campaign sponsors.
By Candace Rotolo