Homeless shelter receives homemade masks for clients

Pinnacle Presbyterian Church has been a loyal, longtime UMOM supporter through meal service, donation drives, and various volunteer activities, but perhaps the most significant support through the years is the delivery of more than 825 sewn masks this week. And, more on the way.

“Like everyone else across the country, we’ve been trying to secure face masks for weeks to no avail,” said James Dutcher, UMOM’s Director of Facilities. When Pinnacle Presbyterian heard about the need, members immediately got to work to answer the call for help.

“Pinnacle is humbled by the opportunity to help.  We can’t cure the virus, but we can pray, we can give, and it turns out we can sew!  So many stepped forward to assemble and deliver these face masks.  We hope they’ll help, and we hope to do more,” said Dr. Wesley Avram, Senior Pastor at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.

The church delivered more than 825 face masks, enough for every woman at UMOM’s women’s emergency shelter and masks for every member of every family at the family emergency shelter. The church members are now working on masks for UMOM’s three youth sites.

“We are so grateful to our friends at Pinnacle Presbyterian. The love and support from the group are palpable. These masks are critical in our effort to keep everyone safe and healthy on our five campuses as we ride out the COVID-19 wave,” said Cassidy Penney, UMOM’s Director of Marketing and Outreach.

A way for people to help:  Make a donation online at www.umom.org/donate or purchase essential items needed on UMOM’s Amazon wish list on their website at www.umom.org.

Cardinals GM donates $5K to SFE COVID-19 Relief Fund

Local and beloved apparel company State Forty Eight (SFE), shared that in support of their “Distant Yet Together”  COVID-19 relief T-shirt, AZ Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim, donated a collective amount of $5K to the Local First Arizona Foundation and Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank who are the beneficiaries of that shirt.
“Steve has always been a great supporter of State Forty Eight and we’re honored that he would offer his aid to our cause,” said Michael Spangenberg, CEO and Co-Founder of SFE. 
In March, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Arizona, State Forty Eight designed a T-shirt to support to the community during this time. The T-shirt, a black crew neck, comes with the State Forty Eight logo in the front and the statement “Distant Yet Together” displayed on the back across a globe. Not only does this serve as a symbol of unity during a time of social-distancing, but 50% of proceeds from each shirt will go to the Local First Arizona Foundation and Matthews Crossing Food Bank. So far, with the support of Keim, the DYT shirt has raised over $7K and is still available online.
To provide additional relief, the company is also including a FREE State Forty Eight face mask with every order while supplies last. Customers must use the code MASK at check out to secure theirs!


AZ Big Media is looking to spotlight those individuals and businesses that have stepped up in the face of the current crisis we are all living through and made a difference in the communities in which we live, work and play. Do you know someone or an organization we should spotlight? Send the details to michael.gossie@azbigmedia.com.