Guided by the principle that an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure, Scientology volunteer ministers have visited Los Angeles emergency facilities, essential businesses and shops of every kind, delivering more than 100,000 educational booklets as the city reopens.
The booklets – “How to Keep Yourself & Others Well,” “How to Protect Yourself and Others with a Mask and Gloves” and “How to Prevent the Spread of Illness with Isolation” – provide effective prevention measures and educate individuals on what they can do to keep themselves and others well.
Volunteer ministers introduced owners and managers of local enterprises to the booklets and offered them, free of charge, to make available to those they service. Materials were also offered to churches of any denomination for both their clergy and parishioners.
“We wanted to do our part to address the uncertainty out there,” said Stormy Stokes, Church of Scientology Inglewood community center director. “There are a lot of things we as a community weren’t thinking about before that we need to know and apply now to stay well. After distributing the booklets, I can feel the difference — people are less afraid and more confident once they have more knowledge. It’s calming down the situation.
“It’s also helping the community care for one another by giving store owners a way to help their customers, making all of us safer. We’re all in this together and we want everyone to stay well.”
As stay-at-home orders begin lifting in countries around the world, Los Angeles’s distribution activity is part of a global effort to provide communities from Harlem to Johannesburg to Taiwan with prevention resources.
In preparation, the Church of Scientology International Dissemination and Distribution Center in Commerce, California saw to the printing of 5 million copies of Stay Well booklets in 20 languages, including Gaelic and Zulu. Outfitted in protective jumpsuits, jackets, hats, masks and gloves for the safety of all, volunteer ministers have provided these booklets to their communities across the globe.
“I have been wanting to do something to help,” said Cindy Moore, a volunteer minister and native Angeleno. “As a mom of a three-year-old, anything that keeps our environment safe also keeps my daughter safe. Everyone’s actions affect everyone else’s in this pandemic, so it’s important that every person understands that, knows that they can do something about it, and knows exactly what it is they can do about it.”
For decades, Scientology volunteer ministers have been working in Inglewood, South L.A. and throughout the greater Los Angeles area, and continue to stand ready, as does the Church, to provide assistance — whether voluntary work, disaster relief or donations to emergency personnel.
Among the many actions the Church of Scientology has taken to do its part in addressing this global pandemic, the Church created an online How to Stay Well Prevention Resource Center at scientology.org/staywell to make basic information broadly available. The Church produced more than a dozen PSAs, available on the site, where booklets and signs for social distancing, hand washing and other measures recommended by health authorities are available for free download in 20 languages.
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