The first distribution was at Bland Houses in downtown Flushing on May 7, where the lawmaker was joined by Officer Ares Huang from the 109th Precinct's Community Affairs Division, and representatives from the Bland Residents Association and La Jornada, a prominent food pantry nonprofit in Flushing.
Some of the equipment distributed included over 1,000 face masks, as well as 500 N95 masks and goggles for frontline workers and police officers. Kim emphasized that further equipment, including hand sanitizer, was on its way.
This PPE distribution came on the heels of one Kim did the day before at Elmhurst Hospital.
Organizations that donated to the cause include Green Life Foundation, Chinese American Businesswomen's Association, Forever Young Ateliers, Global Federation of Chinese Businesswomen's Association, Magic Power Foundation, Broth, FIT Taiwanese Alumni Association, Ellen Young US Consulting, Shanghai Jixiang Wonton, Huang Xiang Culture Studio, and Lucky Sunshine.
"I want to thank all of the workers and volunteers that have been working every day to distribute food, PPE, and other essential resources to the residents in our community,” said Kim. “Many of us, myself included, have lost people we care about in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In spite of this and countless other hardships, we have persevered and are continuing to do all that we can to help our most vulnerable community members.”