After Eric Williams, pastor at Calvary Temple Church in Kansas City, and other local faith leaders expressed the need for masks for their congregations, local hospitals quickly made it possible.

On July 2, Saint Luke’s Health System and Truman Medical Centers partnered to provide more than 30,000 masks to churches in the Kansas City area as part of an ongoing effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

At the donation ceremony, Julie Quirin, chief operating officer of St. Luke’s Health System, said volunteers sewed 10,000 extra masks from surgical draping material to add to the giveaway. She said the masks will make a huge difference in the fight against the pandemic.

The hospitals distributed the masks to the Clergy Response Network (CRN), a group of faith leaders who banded together after coronavirus hit to help churches with their health needs in order to reopen safely. The network is an interfaith collaborative with not only Baptist and Christian churches, but synagogues, mosques and the Church of Latter Day Saints also involved in the network.

“(CRN) is a way we can take care of our brothers and our sisters who may not have what we have,” Williams said at the ceremony. “With churches, mosques, synagogues partnering with universities, hospitals and government, we can help to make Kansas City a safe and wonderful place to live and work.”

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Jazzlyn Johnson

Jazzlyn "Jazzie” is the former senior reporter for our team, who joined the company in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, through the Report for America service program. For the past two years, she covered...

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