Columbia Police Chief W.H. “Skip” Holbrook, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and United States Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) announce the donation of 6,000 masks for the residents of the 29203 zip code by Okra Medical, Incorporated and CEO Marshall Hartman.
As one of the hardest hit areas in Richland County affected by COVID-19 North Columbia community members reached out to Senator Scott’s office to obtain protective masks to prevent and reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in the area. In turn, Senator Scott’s office contacted Okra Medical, Incorporated (OMI).
“Showing care and compassion in our work is part of the daily values at the Columbia Police Department,” Chief Holbrook says. “These mask donations will allow our neighbors to stay safe and healthy. We’re thankful to collaborate in an effort that will be a benefit to so many.”
“In times like these, we are grateful for community leaders like Marshall Hartman, who have risen to the occasion,” adds Sheriff Lott. “These are the moments that make you really realize we are all in this together. And together, we will beat this virus.”
In addition to donating masks to the residents of the 29203 zip code, Okra Medical will provide a portion to the Columbia Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
Additionally, Serve and Connect will work with leaders of the North Columbia Youth Empowerment Initiative to reach citizens who are in need of protective face gear.