The City of West Columbia hosted a mask pickup for local law enforcement agencies and chambers of commerce for the region, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at the West Columbia City Hall. Congressman Joe Wilson was contacted by SC Health to coordinate the distribution of 10,000 masks. Half of those were given to local law enforcement and the other half went to local chambers of commerce to distribute throughout the region to the public through local small businesses and chamber events.
The West Columbia Police Department, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Aiken County Sheriff’s Department, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department, and the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce were among those in attendance to pick up the masks.
Mayor Tem Miles said, “I’d like to thank SC Health and Joe Wilson’s office for coordinating the distribution of the masks. It was great to see a coordinated effort to get protective equipment out to so many communities and agencies across the midlands. As noted between me and the City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, there are many towns and cities in the Midlands but we are all one community.”
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, City of West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles, and Congressman Joe Wilson