MANHATTAN – Five minutes to ten o’clock Tuesday morning, nearly a dozen people lined up single file in the courtyard outside the Stanley M. Isaac Center on the Upper East Side— all of them waiting for the giveaway sponsored by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s office and walking way with a kit packed with one high quality 3M N95 respirator and a box containing two iHealth Covid 19 at-home fifteen minute rapid tests.
Though the giveaway, located in the courtyard of the Homes Towers-Isaac Houses NYCHA development at East 93rd Street and First Avenue, only lasted an hour— everyone who did receive a N95 respirator and test kit was thankful to get their hands on the highly-sought after personal protective equipment and testing supplies.
“It’s a busy day here at Isaac’s and that’s what we like,” Gregory J. Morris, Executive Director of the Isaac’s Center, told Upper East Site.
“We got Test + Trace doing testing inside, Carolyn Maloney outside doing rapid testing— We’re covering all the bases,” Morris Added.
With a small table and cardboard boxes of kits to her side, Rep. Maloney and members of her team handed out the N95s and tests to a steady stream of neighbors– including a number of senior citizens— outside the Isaac Center while the NYC Test + Trace Corps was performing tests inside.
“We have the tools to help combat COVID-19 like getting vaccinated, masking up, and regular testing,” Congresswoman Maloney told Upper East Site.
“I am proud to partner with Holmes-Isaacs to hand out masks and test kits to New Yorkers so we ALL can stay as healthy as possible.”
By noon, the cardboard boxes filled with two-hundred kits were empty, but it was mission accomplished getting the supplies to those that need them the most.