State Rep. Gary Gates will hold a distribution drive for the local community on Friday to help those dealing with the novel coronavirus.

The drive will be at Travis High School, 11111 Harlem Road in Richmond on Friday, May 15 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

There will also be a drive from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tompkins High School in Katy.

Gates, along with Katy ISD and Fort Bend ISD, will hold a drive to distribute items such as disinfectant, masks, sanitizer, and personal protective equipment for people at risk, frontline workers and first responders.

Each family will receive a personal protection package, which consists of two surgical masks, a pair of gloves, one bottle of hand sanitizer, one bottle of disinfectant and two rolls of toilet paper.

Gates feels the drive is important to help locals to reopen their businesses and get the economy back in gear.

“The demand for personal protection items has been overwhelming,” Gates said.

“In the past month, 6,000 residents, first responders, and medical workers have received help.

“With people emerging from lockdown, they need these items more than ever. Katy ISD, Fort Bend ISD and Lamar CISD have stepped forward to provide locations for citizens to safely pick up these care packets.”

Over the past several weeks, Gates has provided more than 6,000 care packages via drive through pick-up or home delivery.

“If the line looks long, don’t worry,” Gates added.

“Even though the line has stretched for hundreds of cars at points, the average wait time is just 15 minutes.”

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