Here's how Memphis Conference churches can help supply N95 particulate matter respirator masks

3/30/2020



N95 particulate respirator masks are in limited supply during the current Coronavirus pandemic and there may be a way Memphis Conference churches can help medical staff and first responders.

It has to do with properly-assembled UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) cleaning kits that should include five (5) N95 masks.

The Memphis Conference does not currently have any kits in stock, but some churches might have some kits that have been assembled for a future disaster response effort, according to Rev. Robert Craig, coordinator of the Disaster Response Ministry of the Nashville Episcopal Area that includes the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences.
 
"If any churches in the Memphis conference have assembled cleaning kits or an inventory of supplies, this is an excellent way to aid local medical heroes," said Craig.

"Please collect all N95 masks from existing cleaning kits. It would be best if each person handling the masks would wear gloves and place the masks in a clean, unused, sealable bag like a large ziplock bag."

Craig reports that Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare (MLH) in Memphis, Tennessee, has specifically requested N95 masks. "If any churches have these masks in their UMCOR cleaning kit supplies, please contact your district representative (listed below), who will provide instructions on where to take masks for distribution to MLH.

Purchase District
Samantha Hall
Email: shall@memphis-umc.org
 
Tennessee River District
Brent Lewis
Email: bwlewis408@gmail.com
 
Mississippi River District
Brian Stahl
Email: brobrian2015@gmail.com
 
Metro District
Jason W. Jones
Email: jjones@bartlettumc.org
 
The masks also might be donated nearby. Craig says to contact a local medical administrator or fire chief to determine the best and safest way to deliver the masks to those facilities.
 
Craig also requests that any donations be recorded by emailing him at disasterresponse@tnumc.org with the following information:

  • Number of masks donated
  • Where the masks were donated
  • What church or parish made the donation