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Photo courtesy of the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of New York

BY JASMINE PALMA

The Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of New York (TCCNY), in cooperation with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (TECO-NY), donated 50,000 masks this month, soon to be distributed across Queens.

“As New York City carefully embarks upon the road to recovery and rebuild, our future hinges on remaining vigilant and emulating the proven best practices of maximizing safety,” said Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee. “The masks were made in Taiwan, which swiftly and effectively contained COVID-19 from the earlier stages of this global pandemic. To not learn from the measures of their success — including the universal use of face masks — would be at our own peril. Queens County is deeply grateful to TCCNY and TECO-NY for this generous, humanitarian contribution of masks to the ‘Borough of Families.’”

The masks will be issued via partner organizations across the borough. The donation helps carry out Lee’s continued efforts in supplying and opening accessibility to personal protection equipment (PPE) to aid essential workers and communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic since its beginning. 

“This donation signifies the love from the Taiwanese people and shows solidarity with the borough that is home to many Taiwanese Americans,” said TCCNY President Joey Chiang.

The following organizations will be responsible for distributing  the 50,000 masks to essential workers and communities in need of support:

  • 100 Suits for 100 Men in Jamaica
  • Adhikaar in Woodside
  • Bangladesh Society, Inc. in Elmhurst
  • Bengali American Society of New York in Jamaica
  • BlaQue Resource Network serving Southeast Queens
  • Brigada de Esperanza NY in Jackson Heights
  • Centro Corona in Corona
  • Chabad of Flushing in Flushing
  • Chabad of Rego Park in Rego Park
  • Community Capacity Development in Jamaica
  • Deliverance Tabernacle Church of Christ in South Jamaica
  • Dominico-American Society of Queens in Corona 
  • DRUM — Desis Rising Up and Moving in Jackson Heights
  • DSI International, Inc. in Jamaica
  • Elmcor Youth and Adult Activity, Inc. in Corona
  • Elmhurst Community Partnership in Elmhurst
  • Eternal Love Baptist Church in Corona
  • F.A.I.T.H.: Fathers Alive in the Hood, Inc. in Jamaica
  • First Baptist Church in East Elmhurst
  • Garden of Hope in Flushing
  • Haitian Americans United for Progress, Inc. in Hollis
  • Harding Ford Vision, Inc. in Jamaica
  • Hour Children in Long Island City
  • Hungry Monk Rescue Truck in Ridgewood
  • Iglesias Evangelica Discipulos de Jesucristo de Corona in Corona
  • Independent Living Association, Inc. serving New York City
  • Islamic Center of Jackson Heights in Jackson Heights
  • Jackson Heights Merchant Association in Jackson Heights
  • Jamaica Community Partnership, a Sheltering Arms NY program, in Jamaica
  • Kehilat Sephardim of Ahavat Achim in Kew Gardens Hills
  • La Jornada in Flushing
  • Make The Road New York in Jackson Heights
  • New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Far Rockaway
  • New Immigrant Community Empowerment in Jackson Heights
  • New York City Department of Correction Desi Society in East Elmhurst
  • Project Hope Charities, Inc. in Jamaica
  • Queens Centers for Progress in Jamaica
  • Queens Community House in Flushing and Kew Gardens
  • Queens Neighborhoods United in Woodside
  • Queens Services for the Autism Community in Astoria
  • Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 338 serving New York City and Long Island
  • Rochdale Village Board of Directors in Jamaica
  • Rochdale Village Senior Center in Jamaica
  • Rock Safe Streets, a Sheltering Arms NY program, in Far Rockaway
  • Rockaway Love and Grace Christian Fellowship in Far Rockaway
  • Tibetan Community of New York & New Jersey in Woodside
  • Transitional Services for New York, Inc. in Whitestone
  • United Community Schools in Corona
  • United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 1500 serving the New York City metropolitan area
  • United Nations Church of New York in Springfield Gardens
  • Violence Intervention Program, Inc. in Jackson Heights
  • Voces Latinas in Jackson Heights
  • Woodhaven Residents Block Association in Woodhaven

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