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Rep. Meeks Joins President of Museum of Korean American Heritage and the Consulate General for the Republic of Korea for their Donation of PPE

June 19, 2020
Press Release

Queens, New York – Today Representative Gregory W. Meeks and Council Member Paul Vallone commended Consulate General for the Republic of Korea, Ambassador Won-Sam Chang, and Minsun Kim, President of the Museum of Korean American Heritage (“MOKAH”) in their donation of $100,000 in Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”), joining them to accept the PPE donation outside of his Jamaica District Office. Joining them were representatives of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center and Elmont Family Health Center, recipients of the PPE donation.

The $100,000 donation includes:

  • 5,000 Filter exchange washable cotton masks
  • 5,000 Nano masks
  • 4,000 Film facial shields

An additional $90,000 for COVID testing was made to the City of New York, $10,000 in $50 grocery gift cards to H-Mart Supermarket; Another $100,000 in PPE will be distributed throughout New York, for a total of $300,000 in donations made by the Museum of Korean American Heritage (“MOKAH”) and the Consulate General of Korea on behalf of the Korean American community.

“New York has been the epicenter of the pandemic, and we’ve worked hard to make sure our hospitals, nursing homes and health care facilities have adequate PPE for their workers. These front-line heroes are putting themselves at risk every day to take care of our community, often with great personal and health sacrifices made by them. Donations like these by the Museum of Korean American Heritage and the Korean Consulate General help keep them safe so they can in turn save others. I commend this generous donation made to the everyday heroes of Southeast Queens,” said Congressman Gregory W. Meeks.

"I am very honored as a proud New Yorker today. I'd like to express my deepest gratitude to New York City Mayor de Blasio, Congressman Gregory Meeks, Honorable Ambassador Chang Won-Sam, Councilman Paul Vallone, Councilman Peter Koo, for their enthusiastic efforts and strong leadership in protecting our health and safety. The Korean American community will continue to help the other communities in need, especially the African-American communities. We would like to send our deepest condolences to the families of George Floyd, his friends and everyone hurt by his death. We support the human rights movement seeking justice. At the same time, our concern is public health. Today, I sincerely hope that the Korean community's small donation will be able to protect the spreading of COVID-19 during these peaceful and meaningful protests,” said Minsun Kim, President of the Museum of Korean American Heritage.

“This donation may not be much in terms of amount, but it really is the thought that counts. It signifies friendship and goodwill between our two great countries. It also symbolizes the Korean-American community's strong solidarity with the state and city of New York.” said Ambassador Won-Sam Chang.

"True community means providing for your neighbors when they are in need," said Toya Williford, Executive Director of the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. "As New Yorkers continue supporting one another through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are deeply grateful to the Museum of Korean American Heritage for their heartfelt show of community with their donation of testing kits, food certificates, and PPE."

“Accessible and widespread COVID testing and PPE are essential to stopping the spread of this disease and ushering in a successful and sustained economic recovery in New York City," said Council Member Paul Vallone, Chair of the Committee on Economic Development. "I want to thank the Museum of Korean American Heritage and the Korean Consulate General for their generous donation to the City of New York, where thousands of our small businesses are eagerly preparing to re-open their doors safely during Phase 2."