A very special thanks to our partner Diamond Supply Co and Los Angeles artist David Velasquez aka Big Sleeps, whose art is on display at Natural History Museum. For the past few months we have been working on a project to donate 3500 face masks to local juvenile halls. On June 4th we met with probation chiefs of LA County to complete this project and to drop off the masks! We are incredibly grateful to the Los Angeles Probation Department for awarding our founders Hj Chong, Tito Rodriguez, and our partners Nick Diamond and Big Sleeps with Certificates of Appreciation on behalf of chief deputy Reaver E. Bingham and Los Angeles County.
This is one of our Covid-19 Relief projects to help essential workers, the most under resourced areas of LA, and to also spread some positivity and love. The youth at Juvenile Halls are also especially important to us because we have helped former incarcerated inmates who were serving life sentences get back on their feet and invest in the community. We strive to not only provide our youth with bare necessities such as food, clothing, school supplies, and now face masks, but to also inspire them to seek an alternative path by helping them build bridges of opportunity.
California’s resources are currently limited and our governor, Gavin Newman, has spoken about the possibility of closing some Juvenile Halls. While this may be a reality in our near future, in the present we are doing everything we can to help provide a tool that could make the difference between life and death - face masks.