On the first Saturday of every month – the next being Dec. 5 – from 9:00 a.m. to noon, personal protective equipment is distributed to anyone who needs it at Crossroads Christian Fellowship at 2555 NW Highland Drive, at the corner of Highland and Walnut. The gear includes N95 masks, hand sanitizer, and possibly face shields.
The public is invited to get in line in their cars. When you get to the head of the line, tell the volunteers what you want – a package of ten masks, a bottle of sanitizer, a face shield – and you will receive the items. This handout has been done for months already, and according to volunteer Sophia Farrand, “the process has become very smooth.”
The Rev. Stan Baker, who along with his wife pastors the Fellowship, says, “We noticed an uptick in cases and wanted to be sure that PPE was available for those who need it.”
The original plan included distributing child-sized masks, but since Corvallis has chosen to consider opening schools in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, the child-size masks they had planned to distribute will be used by the Corvallis School District instead.
John M. Burt