Source: Correspondence with Bogalusa Councilwoman Gloria Kates
Recognizing the need for COVID-19 supplies, on April 25, 2020 Bogalusa Councilwoman (District A) Gloria Kates began searching for a source and a donor for the supplies. Councilwoman Kates said what was needed was "more face masks, more disinfectant, and more sanitizer." Her idea was to distribute the needed supplies through local churches.
The plan began to come together when United Way of New Orleans became the source and on May 6, 2020 United Parcel Service stepped up as the donor. The next steps were to identify how much was needed and compiling a list of churches to distribute the supplies to.
An announcement was made on June 9, 2020 that each church would receive 100 masks, 100 hand sanitizers, and 100 pairs of gloves and distribution was made on June 11-12, 2020.
Churches who participated include: Allen Temple COG, Annunciation Catholic Church , Antioch Church of Christ Holiness USA, Apostolic Faith United Pentecostal Church, Ben’s Ford Baptist Church, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Bible Way, Bogalusa Church of Christ, Brown’s Temple A.O.H. Church Of God, Church of God, Calvary Christian Fellowship, Christ Way Ministries, Church of United Faith, Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, First Church of God in Christ, Fully Committed Ministries, God Seeking through Jesus Christ Ministries, Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church, Harry Chapel United Methodist Chruch, Highland Baptist Church, Jehovah’s Witnesses Hall, Love Outreach Church, Kingdom of God Church, Main Street Baptist Church, Memorial Baptist Church, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Monroe Street Baptist Church, Mount Bethel Baptist Church, Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Mount Zion Baptist Church, New Hope Church of Christ Holiness USA, New Life United Pentecostal Church, New Triumph Baptist Church, Pettit Memorial Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Saint John Elizabeth Church of God in Christ, St. Paul AME Church, Salter Chapel AME Church, Second Baptist Church, St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Superior Avenue Baptist Church, Sweet Beulah Baptist Church, Terrace Missionary Baptist Church, Thirkield United Methodist, Trumpet of Truth, Westside Emmanuel Baptist Church, White Hall Baptist Church, LC-MS Zion Lutheran Church, Winan United.
Councilwoman Kates expressed a special thank you to volunteers. They included Chief Moody, Chief Ladner, Chief Moses, Chief Brister, and the men of the Bogalusa Fire Dept, Major Charles McDaniel of the Bogalusa Police Department, Mr. Don Hall, Bogalusa Public Works, Mr. Justin Schuver of the Bogalusa Daily News, Ms. Marilyn Lott and Greg, Mrs. Tina Martin, Ms. Regina Powell, Rev. Deshaun Spikes, Ms. Eva Taylor, Ms. Melody Reed and Ms. Janet Jackson. In addition, Mayor Wendy Perrette took time out of her busy schedule to give out supplies on Thursday.
Councilwoman Kates expressed that the project was made as “part of the Covid-19 preventive plan of action for the good of the community. To God be the Glory. Unity and inclusion for All was the purpose.”