Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) recently donated 600 masks to the Ascension Seton Children’s Care-a-Van, serving the Highland Lakes. The masks, many of which are handmade, were donated by PEC members who participated in the cooperative’s Masks for Members program, which launched in September. Since then, PEC members have pledged to donate more than 3,500 masks.
PEC Community Relations Coordinator Caroline Tinsley Porter said Masks for Members is a shining example of the cooperative spirit. “In just one month, our members have stepped up and donated thousands of masks, with a genuine desire to help protect Central Texans,” Porter said. “We can’t thank them enough for their time and for coming together with us to support this important cause.”
Recipients, including Ascension Seton and Baylor Scott & White Health, are helping PEC distribute the masks to those in need. Child and adult-sized masks will go to the Care-a-Van, which provides medical care to underserved, uninsured, or underinsured children in the Highland Lakes area. Ascension Seton Family Nurse Practitioner Chandra Irvin said her team was humbled and amazed to receive the masks from PEC and its members.
“Our Care-a-Van patients and their family members very much appreciate this thoughtful and generous donation,” Irvin said. “It will be fun to watch each child select their favorite mask from all the creative designs. What a perfect way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and also show them we care.”
As part of its ongoing support to the communities it serves, PEC will continue delivering masks received from the program to local hospital partners. For those interested in participating, it’s not too late. Learn more about PEC’s Masks for Members program and how to donate at pec.coop/masks.