#MyMaskMyStory: “We’re so grateful and so thankful”

Southern  |  August 17, 2020
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Part of our Together While Apart campaign, #MyMaskMyStory is a collection of personal accounts from individuals with deep ties to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include those who have volunteered, those who have donated, and those who have received.

“Good morning, I’m Dr. Don Savell. I’m the director of jail chaplaincy here at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. I have been in this particular position for about two and a half years, but have been with the sheriff’s office for 32 years. I’ve worked both the law enforcement side of chaplaincy as well as the jail chaplaincy.”

“We have five full-time staff members and approximately 200 volunteers that come in and provide ministry services to our jail population. So all those things were pretty high speed and going great, and then March came along. For the protection of our facility, all the programming, all the volunteers, everything came to a halt.”

“We’re in a facility where you’re housed with other people and so that can create fear, it can create stress and tension on the inmate population. Not being able to see your family because all visitation has ceased… but through organizations such as yourself and volunteers in the community stepping up and helping, I know of several times the word went out that we needed help, more particularly with masks, and so your organization has done a tremendous job in supporting us and in giving PPE to us, and we’re so grateful and so thankful.”

Dr. Don Savell is the Director of Jail Chaplaincy at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office located in Houston, TX. To date, Tzu Chi Southern volunteers have donated personal protective equipment (or PPE) there on three separate occasions, helping ensure those serving the incarcerated remain protected. Watch his #MyMaskMyStory and catch up on the entire collection here.

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