Special to The Dallas Examiner
Led by basketball legend Nancy Lieberman, the Nancy Lieberman Charities donated 5,000 masks Oct. 23 to the city for Dallas educators and students.
The donation is the third – and the largest – made by the 501(c)3 organization during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Eric Johnson has asked community partners to help distribute the masks.
Wearing face coverings has been mandated in most public settings in Texas and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The COVID-19 pandemic still poses a significant risk to the health, welfare and economic well-being of our communities,” Johnson said. “Masking up is critical to slowing the spread of this insidious virus and to helping keep our schools and businesses open. I am grateful that we have partners such as Nancy Lieberman who are working help protect our children and their families, as well as Dallas ISD teachers and staff.”
The masks will be distributed by Pastor Maxie Johnson, a Dallas ISD trustee, and Rev. Donald Parish Jr., founder and president of A Steady Hand and assistant pastor at True Lee Missionary Baptist Church in South Dallas.
Parish will distribute half of the donated masks to teachers, staff and students at schools in South Dallas.
“I want to thank Mayor Johnson and Nancy Lieberman for helping us set up kids, teachers, and staff in our communities for success all year long,” Parish said.
Johnson said he plans to hand out the other 2,500 masks to the South Oak Cliff community.
“These masks are much appreciated and will help students and educators who are most in need during this incredibly difficult school year,” Johnson said.
The charity, which promotes a healthy lifestyle and educational opportunities for boys and girls, previously donated 3,000 masks to the city that were delivered first responders and staff at the community-based COVID-19 testing sites.
“Our children, teachers, and staff need and deserve to have safe learning environments,” said Lieberman, coach, broadcaster and philanthropist. “We’re proud to partner with Mayor Johnson and the Dallas community to get these masks into our schools, and we look forward to continuing to help in any way we can to make Dallas healthier and more vibrant.”