Through a link I have with Taiwan and a Buddhist community there, I have been connected to a monastic community of theirs here in Queens.
In short, I have been asked to help them distribute face masks through networks of faith and service to people in need (while they continue their own distributing to hospitals, shelters and jails).
Under this umbrella of need would be senior members of your congregations, immuno-compromised persons, single parents/single persons who have to venture out for groceries etc and, of course, people who are going out to work daily. In other words, and to put it simply, you would be free to distribute to your members as you see the need.
In addition, perhaps your congregation has an outreach connection with a service organization in your neighborhood and you know they have need.
If you could reply by Tuesday, based on those of you stating the need, I could then let you know approximately how many masks I could get to you.
These are disposal medical grade masks (not N95). There is an easy sanitizing method (low oven heat for a few minutes) which renders each mask reusable up to 5 times).
I pray that you all are well. If these masks would be helpful, kindly let me know by Tuesday.
The National Cathederal in Washington donated 5,000 respirator masks to hospitals after finding them in the cathedral's crypt level. They were bought more than a decade ago when Americans were concerned about the bird flu.