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Man Creates Portable Hand Washing Stations for Homeless People

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Atlanta, GA — Terence Lester, the executive director of Love Beyond Walls, a non-profit organization that offers support to homeless people, is creating hand-washing stations that are being assembled and distributed specifically to the homeless.

With the coronavirus outbreak affecting more and more people, the authorities have strictly recommended “social distancing” and hand washing. Lester thought about how difficult this would be for homeless people who don’t have access to clean water.

“I started wondering how homeless people would keep their hands cleans, it’s already difficult,” Lester told 11Alive. “The reality is some people are going to live on the streets and be on the streets.”

That’s when Lester started reaching out to RV manufacturers, who could use technology that helps build portable handwashing stations.

Within just a week, they have produced 15 portable machines that could hold 5 to 10 gallons of water each. The machine also has a refillable soap dispenser connected to it.

Moreover, Grammy Award-winning artist Lecrae connected with Lester to join the initiative and help put up the machines in key areas. Aside from that, they also provided more information to the people about the coronavirus and how they can stay healthy.

Lester, who once experienced being homeless, has been very adamant in serving the underserved community.

“When I was experiencing homelessness being out there, you would have to go a mile or two to wash your hands or go to the bathroom,” Lester said. “I wanted to make sure we put stations in parts where people are under bridges, just in case someone wants to stop and wash their hands.”

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The Promised Land is Yours

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Do you live, work, visit, worship, play, or just pass through the 78220 area?  Better yet, maybe you are looking to add a new favorite menu to your curbside/carryout food repertoire. Well there’s a new chef in town serving up a variety of delicious flavors located in the heart of the Eastside of San Antonio.

Located at 3363 E. Commerce, Ste. 102, the Promised Land International Flavors kitchen is now open and serving a multitude of flavors from around the world.  The idea behind the new location is to provide a missing variety of foods that offer nutritional value and address various health needs in the community while still providing a flare of flavors. The kitchen is open Monday – Friday with breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and lunch from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.  On any given day you can find Italian, Asian, Latin, Southern Soul, American dishes and more.  According to some of the neighboring residents and customers in the building, the Mexican Enchilada plate and the Italian Pasta with shrimp are some of their absolute favorites. 

Executive Chef Fred Johnson brings his 40 plus years of experience to his new venture Promised Land International Flavors.  Chef Fred grew up in a military family and then later served in the Navy himself.  His passion for culinary arts began when he was just 14 years old.  Realizing he was blessed with the gift of culinary skills, Chef Fred pursued his passion.  His blessing has afforded him the opportunity to teach Airforce and Navy Basic Culinary classes, he’s managed a Zio’s Italian Kitchen, he once cooked at a dinner that included the late President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, and prior to his recent end of June 2020 retirement, Chef Fred cooked seven days a week on the U.S.S. Frank Cable AS-40 ship for 1,200 servicemen when the pandemic hit. So, this well traveled Plainview, Texas native is no new kid off the block, he’s got game! 

Promised Land International Flavors had a soft opening July 5, 2020 for the residents and building tenants and currently is now open and serving the public. Promised Land International Flavors is also available for small catering events.  For more information visit http://promisedlandif.com/, https://www.facebook.com/PromisedLandif/, call (210) 238-2625, or just stop by and place your order to go.

by LaNell Taylor

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Avista Products/Black Video News Makes the News

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Spectrum News San Antonio featured Avista Products/ Black Video News in a segment about the Digital Divide.

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Youngest Person in Florida to Die From COVID-19

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9-Year Old Black Girl Becomes Youngest Person in Florida to Die From COVID-19

Putnam County, FL — Kimora “Kimmie” Lynum, a 9-year old African American girl, has been reported as the youngest person in Florida to have died from COVID-19 so far.

Lynum was taken to the hospital when she started feeling sick and had a high fever. She tested positive for coronavirus but was sent home. She collapsed and sadly died shortly after.

It has yet been confirmed how or when Lynum got infected. Her family said she did not have any underlying health conditions and she did not travel recently. She spent her days at home and did not attend school or summer camp.

Lynum had no close contact with anyone who tested positive of the COVID-19 as well, official state health department records show.

GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help with Lynum’s funeral expenses and it has so far raised more than $15,000.

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