SGMC Foundation donates masks to Greater Valdosta United Way
The South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) Foundation delivered 5,000 masks to Greater Valdosta United Way on Wednesday.
In July, SGMC Foundation started the “10K Mask Challenge” to help raise money to purchase 10,000 reusable cloth masks for people in need.
Elizabeth Vickers, SGMC Foundation executive director, says the foundation raised about $30,000.
“We are very pleased with our community support. Valdosta and surrounding areas always steps up and helps us give back to our communities,” Elizabeth Vickers, SGMC Foundation executive director, said.
The foundation initially set their goal to how much the masks were expected to cost, but now plans to purchase more with the remaining funds.
Michael Smith, executive director of Greater Valdosta United Way, said the 5,000 masks will be distributed to 17 partner agencies.
“The agencies can come by and pick up their masks and hopefully they can distribute them out to individuals and families that need a good cloth mask so we can help keep the spread of COVID down and allow our economy to recover,” said Smith.
One agency, LAMP, is a shelter and service provider for the homeless that received 500 masks.
Yurshema Flanders, LAMP director, said the masks are a blessing to those who are at the shelter.
“This is an awesome blessing. We constantly have individuals who are either passing through or living in the streets and are needing these masks to go into different businesses and to the doctors and stuff like that,” said Flanders.
The remaining masks are set to be distributed to some of the SGMC centers in different counties, emergency departments and more.