Mayor Eric Johnson, community partners to distribute 5,000 masks donated by The Nancy Lieberman Charities

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Office of the Mayor, Eric Johnson

Oct. 23, 2020

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Mayor Eric Johnson, community partners to distribute 5,000 masks donated by The Nancy Lieberman Charities

DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson on Friday announced the donation of 5,000 masks by The Nancy Lieberman Charities.

The mask donation is the third — and the largest — made by the 501(c)(3) organization, which is led by basketball legend Nancy Lieberman, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Johnson has asked community partners to help distribute the newly donated masks to Dallas educators and students.

Mayor Johnson, who has worked closely with Dallas ISD on several initiatives, has publicly pushed for Dallas residents to wear face coverings, which are 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,” Mayor 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 Dallas ISD schools in South Dallas. Pastor Johnson 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," Pastor Johnson said.

"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.

The Nancy Lieberman Charities, which promotes a healthy lifestyle and educational opportunities for boys and girls, previously donated 3,000 masks to the City of Dallas that were used by 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, a legendary pro basketball player, 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.”