Brown Memorial A.M.E. Church Tackles Age Old Germ Issue with 21st Century Technology

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Spring is hanging in the wings, but right now, its winter and with winter-winds. The winds seem to not only blow in colder weather but also appear to attack adults and children with coughs and runny noses. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, says that during a typical year individuals in the United States suffer from approximately 1 billion colds (typically occurring in fall and winter) and 35-50 million cases of the flu (typically occurring from November to March).

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Spring is hanging in the wings, but right now, it's winter and with winter, winds. The winds seem to not only blow in colder weather but also appear to attack adults and children with coughs and runny noses. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, says that during a typical year individuals in the United States suffer from approximately 1 billion colds (typically occurring in fall and winter) and 35-50 million cases of the flu (typically occurring from November to March).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) states that Hand-washing is one of the simplest ways to help reduce the threat of foodborne illness. It is best to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. However, when soap and clean water are not available, FSIS recommends using disposable towelettes or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer product to clean your hands. Alcohol-based products significantly reduce the number of germs on the skin and are fast acting.

Brown Memorial A.M.E. Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Henry Y. White has implemented the used of a "Hand Sanitizing Station" for members of its congregation to use before taking communion and at food events held at the church. "We are taking steps to prevent infection and to educate our members," said Pastor White. Plans to help prevent infection among the members include:

    1. Encouraging and enabling frequent hand washing
    2. Having tissues readily available along with proper waste receptacles
    3. Clean pews and door handles after each service
    4. Encourage members to limit hand shaking and greet each other with a "Holy" smile instead.

Kathy Koerber, Inside Sales Team Leader for GOJO Industries, was delighted with Brown Memorial's efforts to reduce infections. Ms. Koerber directed Brown to a retail outlet for purchase of the "Hand Sanitizing Station" and sent the church a free dispenser & refill to get them started. GOJO Industries, Inc. is the inventor of PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer. GOJO was founded in 1946 by Jerry and Goldie Lippman in Akron, Ohio. Today, GOJO is a leading manufacturer of skin care products and services for healthcare, foodservice, education, manufacturing, other workplace environments, and consumers around the world.

Brown Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church, organized in 1883, is located at 130 14th Street, N.E. Washington, D.C. Brown Memorial is rich in history and at the time of its organization, Chester Alan Arthur was President of the United States, followed by Grover Cleveland. Brown Memorial is part of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Denomination, founded in 1787 by Richard Allen, who became the denomination's first Bishop. Rev. Dr. Henry Y. White has been the pastor since 1993.

The mission of Brown Memorial is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ's liberating gospel. Through their various ministries, and outreach programs, Brown seeks to save sinners, heal the sick, provide deliverance to the bound and oppressed, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those in prisons, hospitals, institutions, and provide employment and economic enlightenment and development to the congregation and to the community.

Contact:
Dr. Gertie L. Hurley
To be reached at Church office: 202-543-0473                        
Direct Number: 301-249-5121    
Cell: 240-393-8198

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