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Diamond Hill neighbors party to the polls with face masks and sanitizer in hand

Posted Aug. 13, 2020

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The Fort Worth Police Department assisted neighborhood volunteers and others to pass out safety kits.

Last month’s election was not just about a trip to the polls for neighbors in the Diamond Hill community.

It all started when residents Teresa Ayala, Sandra Garcia and Roxanne Martinez joined forces with the Diamond Hill Neighborhood Association to tackle two important issues: the July elections and COVID-19. Together they organized a COVID-19 safety kit to be distributed during the neighborhood’s Drive-Thru Party to the Poll event.

The group assembled 1,000 COVID-19 safety kits complete with face masks, hand sanitizer and bilingual health information. The kits were distributed drive-thru style and neighbors were encouraged to vote at the nearby poll location, Diamond Hill-Jarvis Branch Library.

“It made me proud to see my neighbors join forces to promote voter participation and COVID-19 safety,” Martinez said. “With one of the highest rates of COVID-19 cases in the city, the Diamond Hill community has been significantly impacted by the virus. We could not just sit back and do nothing while the virus ran rampant through our neighborhood.”

News about the event was shared through phone calls and social media, and many individuals and local organizations supported the efforts. A special thanks was given to Fort Worth Police officers for directing traffic, Pedro Munoz campaign volunteers for serving hot dogs and to Diamond Hill community members and State Rep. Ramon Romero’s office staff for distributing the safety kits.

Items for the COVID-19 safety kits were donated by many Diamond Hill businesses and individuals, including event coordinators JPS Health Network, Cuidado Casero Home Health and Hospice, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth Police Department, Diamond Hill Neighborhood Association and Office of Rep. Romero.

“This is a great example of how a neighborhood can come together and take action for the betterment of our community,” Martinez said.

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