Fred Prince and Curtis Floyd provide relief in the donation of thousands of masks

By Autumn Nichols, Contributing Writer

BAKERSFIELD, Ca — Fred Prince, owner of Omega Insurance and Curtis Floyd, owner of the Law Office of Curtis Floyd, partnered in meeting some of the needs of Kern County residents by donating thousands of protective masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

As face masks or coverings have become a requirement to go out into a number of essential businesses and hospitals, Prince and Floyd  are doing their part by donating masks to those who are most vulnerable.

Prince and Floyd took into consideration the high amount of affected individuals within the southeast side of Bakersfield. Most recently, the pair donated 1,000 masks to support the MLK CommUNITY Initiative Mask Campaign – Wear MASK – be SAFE, founded by Arleana Waller.

The distribution of these masks took place Monday, May 18 at 9:00 am during the MLK CommUNITY Initiative drive through food giveaway at 1116 E. California Ave. 

When speaking on this notable donation, Prince expressed:

“Primarily we are aware of the fact that there are underserved communities without adequate supplies. We both are African American business owners and a large portion of this community that the MLK Initiative serves is African American.”

“This pandemic has hit the minority communities a lot harder than other communities and we know that it’s  important to make sure that those that go out into the public, have to go to the grocery stores, and do the essential things, have the right protection at hand.” 

Following national nurses week, in efforts to show appreciation to the nurses of our community, the pair of businessmen also donated 2,000 surgical masks to local hospitals.

Ken Keller, President and CEO of Dignity Health Memorial Hospital received the donations on May 14th from Fred Prince in front of the main entrance on 34th street for nurses at Mercy & Memorial hospitals. Prince stated “We realized they are on the front line of those who come down with the virus. We wanted to make sure they have masks as well.”

These philanthropists did not stop there. To help protect the workers and residents of The Mission at Kern County they donated 1,000 more masks. 

“We wanted to make sure as many as possible had access to the masks. They are not something that is free but is being required in some places and necessary at this time.”  

Great leadership has been shown by this powerful duo through the act of stepping up. They provided the financial means, had access to do so, and stayed committed to the community.  

The actions of these local businessmen are beyond admirable. The support and teamwork demonstrated in the distribution of the generous amounts of masks are the efforts needed by our community to fight through this pandemic.