Morris Plains Presbyterian Church Personal Protective Equipment Ministry One church’s story of response

As Covid-19 cases spread through the United States and into New Jersey, the Morris Plains Presbyterian Church was made aware that one of their members was at risk.  Mission Chair, Ginny Fisher, shares:  “We have a church member in the Boonton Firemen’s Home and they were struggling greatly with finding what they needed.  (PPE was in short supply)  We started with a Special Offering just to help this home.”  Through this special offering, another connection within the congregation was made.  “One of our members had approached us that he had a family member in California that could obtain masks, gowns and gloves at cost.”  What started as an outreach to one home expanded as the Mission Ministry members put together a list of 12 facilities and organizations in the local community.  They then reached out to see what their specific needs were.  “We discovered PPE was a vital need to help stop the spread of Corona Virus.  We committed to $10,000 worth of PPE which came from, Lifa USA, based out of Irvine, CA.”

Once the shipments all arrived the equipment was boxed up and distributed to the following places:  Firemen’s Home – Boonton, Market Street Mission, Interfaith Food Pantry, Morris Minute Men, Morris Plains Police Dept., Arbor Terrace Assisted Living, The Country Home Dementia Home, Sunrise Assisted Living, Morris View Healthcare Center, JBWS, North Porch Children and Women Center, Morris Plains Co-op School and Joyful Noise Nursery School.

Our ministry is all ladies, including at the time Interim Pastor Jacqui. Ginny Fisher, Pat Malpere, Anne Arp, Pam Dise-Moran, Karen Burke and Laurie Fu.

We did have the assistance of a view men with delivery-  Alan Fu, Alec Jain and Bob Adubato