Connecting Beyond the Walls

Today’s word of hope comes from our own Nikki Byers, interim minister for missions.

“Mask the City”

I could not be more proud of the leadership in our community in how they have planned and executed “Mask the City”.  Mask the City is a community-wide effort to provide everyone access to a Nightingale WS Protective Mask to provide safety in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The masks  were designed by William M. Satterwhite, III, Chief Wellness Officer and his team at Wake Forest Baptist Health.  They are being produced by the Renfro Corporation located in Mt. Airy.  This mask is specially designed to have a snugger fit than most masks and is made with a copper ion and  treated with a silver technology.

The Renfro Corporation is making the mask available to our community at a very low cost. Many businesses, nonprofits and the City of Winston-Salem are making these masks available to their employees at no cost.  The Mission Committee at First Baptist on Fifth has purchased these masks for the congregation.  So let me know if you would like a mask!

The masks were first distributed on April 24 to the most vulnerable among us, those who are below the poverty line including seniors and others.  What a wonderful idea.  On Friday April 24, I delivered masks to the residents at Crystal Towers, the seniors living at Spring Hill apartments and the students participating in Authoring Action.

Tuesday May 12 is “Senior Day” and the masks will be distributed to seniors 65 and older at the following nine locations throughout Winston-Salem:  BB&T Ballpark, Bowman Gray east parking lot 1301 S Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, St. Peter’s World Outreach, Carver High School, LJVM Coliseum, Fulton Family YMCA, Mt. Tabor High School, Calvary Baptist Church, and Forsyth Tech (1300 Bolton Street).  An ID is needed and only one mask per person.

In addition to purchasing the masks for church members, the Mission Committee made a $500 donation to assist the Mask the City effort.

The health officials in our community are recommending that, in addition to wearing a mask, we continue to practice social distancing, wash our hands and stay home if possible, through May 31.  The Mask the City effort is key to our re-opening our city while maintaining safety for everyone.

The slogan for Mask the City is:  Wear a mask. Love your neighbor. Protect yourself.

Who are those masked members?

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