FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 30th, 2020
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Rep. Cisneros, Fullerton Resident, Asm. Quirk-Silva, Council Member Silva Deliver Over 500 Face Masks to Fullerton Organization
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FULLERTON, CA - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39), Fullerton Business Owner Jim Lee, Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (AD-65), and Fullerton Council Member Jesus Silva delivered face masks to the Fullerton non-profit Solidarity. They provided 578 face masks, including 500 disposable masks and 78 reusable fabric masks with filters. So far, Jim has donated and delivered a total of 300,000 reusable and disposable masks, including 150,000 to Memorial Care Hospitals with the help of Rep. Cisneros. Jim’s masks have been sent to a variety of places, including supermarkets, banks, and hospitals.
“Throughout this pandemic, the residents of the 39th District have met every challenge with unwavering courage, selflessness, and compassion. One of those extraordinary residents is Jim Lee. Without a second thought, he retooled his family-run business to manufacture masks and help his community,” said Rep. Cisneros. “Organizations like Solidarity are also stepping up in the face of this crisis. It’s heroic efforts from people and organizations like Jim and Solidarity that will help us get through this crisis.”
“When we got the call from Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, to repurpose our clothing factory to create face masks, we quickly decided it was 100% the right thing to do for our community,” says founder of Masks Can Help, Jim Lee. “We understand that essential workers are our first line of defense against the virus and they are in desperate need of personal protective equipment. Alas, we are doing our part to manufacture as many face masks as possible to support these heroes. And thank you to Congressman Gil Cisneros for helping us navigate this process so we can get as many face masks as we can to those who need it.”
“I am honored to deliver the masks that will be given to the women and men at Solidarity,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva. “Our Latino, immigrant neighbors are under-resourced and experiencing a lack of opportunities due to the Challenges associated with COVID-19 pandemic. These donations are a small way in which we as leaders can create a difference.”
"I entered politics to be of service to our community. During this period of crisis, we are doing all we can to support our residents, community groups, and the front line heroes. I'm especially proud to join forces with Congressman Cisneros and Assembly Member Quirk-Silva to help support our local non-profit Solidarity. It's more important now than ever that we work together and continue to help each other out,” said Council Member Silva.
Jim Lee lives in Fullerton and owns a family-run, repurposed clothing company now called Masks Can Help in Montebello, California. He made the critical decision to begin manufacturing washable face masks to support workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is passionate about doing its part for society through action and will continue to support local communities in any way possible. Masks Can Help is a US-based clothing factory with over 10 years of experience in the industry. Like many clothing companies in the Los Angeles area, Masks Can Help has repurposed its factory to begin making face masks to support frontline and essential workers during this unprecedented time. Masks Can Help is designing, developing, and manufacturing washable face masks with PM2.5 filters. These filters include a 5-layer filter protection system using activated carbon. Users can choose to purchase filters directly from the company or choose to use their own. For more information about Masks Can Help, visit www.maskscanhelp.com.
Solidarity is a non-profit that equips under-resourced individuals, families, and neighborhoods for community transformation. During the coronavirus, Solidarity has teamed up with JOYA Scholars to make the most impact possible in the community, including donating un-needed stimulus checks to Solidarity’s Neighbor Relief Fund, suppling gift cards for neighbors, volunteering to deliver goods and supplies to neighbors, and making financial donations for long term support.