Peep How Beyoncé and Tina Knowles-Lawson Provided Free COVID-19 Testing In Houston
This past Mother’s Day weekend, Beyoncé and Tina Knowles-Lawson launched their #IDIDMYPART campaign in their hometown of Houston, Texas.
Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD charity campaign teamed up with her mother, Tina, to encourage Houston residents to get tested for the coronavirus in minority communities as a way to slow the spread of the virus.
The initiative was in conjunction with the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston who administered the free testing. During an interview with CBS News, Tina talked about the lack of testing, and how it has not been implemented within minority groups in Houston and wanted to bring awareness to this to encourage residents to do their part.
Over the course of two days, the initiative tested 1, 000 Houston residents. The free testing site was in a drive-through setting, so it allowed participants to remain in their vehicles while being tested and be able to get the resources needed while practicing social distancing.
Beyoncé took to Instagram with joy as she was able to assist residents of her hometown to get tested and help fulfill her mother’s philanthropy vision. “Seeing my hometown do their part and get tested today brought me so much joy. H-Town, I love y’all”. “Special thanks to my mother, Tina, for this incredible vision,” she continued.
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Seeing my hometown do their part and get tested today brought me so much joy. 🙏🏾 H-Town, I love y’all. ❤️ . Special thanks to ….my mother @mstinalawson for this incredible vision. To Mrs. Kim Gagne & team. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee & staff. UMMC, Mathew 25 Ministries, Procter & Gamble, TWC Logistics Core, H-E-B, HPD, HISD, Kappa Alpha Psi, A-Rocket Moving & Storage, Frenchy’s Chicken, MAJIC 102.1, KTSU 90.9, 97.9 The Box – DJ Kiotti and Paul Wall. . More testing tomorrow at Forest Brook Middle School in Houston. 10AM – 5PM . Click the link in my bio to learn more about BeyGOOD.
#IDIDMYPART also provided free testing kits, face masks, personal protective equipment, gloves, essential vitamins, household supplies, grocery gift cards, food vouchers, and free meals to the Houston participants. Tina and Beyoncé hope the #IDIDMYPART initiative will become a movement for celebrities to join and assist in coronavirus relief efforts. So far, Tyler Perry has been confirmed that he will do the same in his hometown of Atlanta.
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God is soo good . My event producer Kim Ganye Sent this to me this morning it made me cry! I had a dream to do an event that will bring awareness to the free testing sites in Houston set up by United Memorial Hospital. I called Beyonce and of course she was on board To pay for it , we kept saying everyone has to do their part . She said that’s a great name for it! . So We teamed up with Matthew 25 and and TWC logistics who delivered it to Houston , Proctor and Gamble gave us a truckload of paper towels toilet paper Tampax diapers grooming products cleaning products. And paid for the transport. The idea started by me joking that I wanted to put a food truck at the end of the testing site to give out free meals. So We bought vouchers from two of Houston’s favorite restaurants Frenchy’s chicken and Burn’s barbecue and everyone receives all the products a gift certificate to these restaurants, we bought vitamins to pass out and we teamed up with HEB Grocery store we bought gift cards and they bought gift cards for groceries. They even gave us 6 hundred bottles of bleach. A-Rocket Moving and storage delivered locally our stuff and Gave us a place to stuff the bags. We also gave them information on how to care for themselves and how to disinfect during this crisis We even gave them a button that said #ididmypart I Got tested today! I challenged Tyler Perry for Atlanta Octavia Spencer for Mississippi Majic and Cookie Johnson for Detroit Michigan And we will continue to fight to get black and brown people out for testing for Covid . This disease is killing our people at an alarming rate we only make up 13% of the population but 47% of the deaths in New York are black people. That scares the crap out of me I don’t know about you. Get tested because you don’t wanna go home and give this disease to your mom or your grandparents because you don’t have any symptoms know your status. Special thanks to Ivy Mcgregor ,Yvette Noel Shure , Tamiko Mosely , congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. @Beyonce Mayor Sylvester Turner , Kim Ganye. A- Rocket Moving and Storage #beygood. Thanks @mrrichardlawson my techky❤️
Be sure to follow Tina Knowles-Lawson to stay aware of updates surrounding her #IDIDMYPART campaign.