LAFAYETTE - Rep. Vincent Pierre (D-Lafayette) has partnered with Texas-based grocer Pyburn's to provide 1,000 masks to Louisiana residents to help with the state's efforts in combating COVID-19.
Masks will be distributed to the general public at Maid to Clean, located at 924 E. Simcoe Street in Lafayette, on Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to noon.
"As our states begin to recover from COVID-19, we want to continue to ensure the safety of the general public," said Rep. Pierre. "Since the pandemic began, many residents have had limited to no access to masks while venturing to gather supplies, such as food. I am extremely grateful to Pyburn's and the Voung family for this donation.
"This partnership not only helps us with our response to preventing the spread of COVID-19, but it's a great example that you can be a good neighbor on a local, regional and national platform," he said. "Louisiana and Texas may be separated by state lines, but we are deeply connected through experiences. And just like with any experience, we will get through this together."
"Pyburn's is pleased to partner with Rep. Pierre to provide masks for Louisiana residents," stated owner, Helen Vuong. "Pyburn's is dedicated to serving our community. For us, community is more than just the local area around you, it's the people that hold a special place in your heart, no matter their location. Through this partnership, we are able to transcend our commitment locally and extend help to a valued common asset between our two states, the people."
Based in Houston, Pyburn's has been providing quality food options for the Houston community for over a decade, including the Louisiana staple, boudin. As first-generation owners of Pyburn's, the Vuong family is dedicated to their commitment of investment, service and partnership.
"The benefits of one person wearing a mask can reach farther than we will ever realize. We hope this donation will help Louisianan's as we all work towards overcoming the impact of COVID-19," says Voung.
With many businesses reopening to the general public with restrictions in place, Pierre encourages the public to continue wearing protective masks and practicing social distancing.
"As businesses begin to reopen, it's imperative that we do our part to practice safety measures. Wearing a mask not only protects the person wearing it, but it can protect those around you. So, let's do our part and be a good neighbor," said Pierre.
As a second-generation politician, Pierre was first elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2011. Representing District 44 in Lafayette Parish, Pierre currently serves on numerous committees including House Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee (Chairman), Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay, House Select Leadership Committee and the Select Committee on Hurricane Recovery.
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