The city of New Orleans has been devastated by the effects of the global pandemic known as the coronavirus. As of today the state of Louisiana registered 18,283 COVID-19 cases and 702 deaths. Orleans Parish has seen the most cases with 4,565 residents testing positive and 171 deaths.
The virus is being attributed to having an enormous impact on African-Americans. In New Orleans, it hit the Franklin family hard.
86-year-old Antoinette Franklin, and her sons, 71-year-old Herman Jr. 61-year-old Timothy, and 58-year-old Anthony Franklin Sr. were all admitted to a New Orleans hospital, all suffering from pneumonia. Within a week they were all dead.
NOLA.com reported the common pre-existing condition with the COVID-19 cases in New Orleans is hypertension.
New Orleans native Percy “Master P” Miller has stepped up in taking care of the parishes seniors through his charitable foundation.
The rapper’s foundation, Team Hope NOLA, has given cash donations and purchased groceries for elderly residents in need due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“A lot of people can’t get these hand sanitizers,” he told TMZ. “We are probably the only ones in New Orleans that has it so we want to make sure that the elderly have it.” The rapper also told the entertainment outlet that anyone over the age of 60 years old living in New Orleans can sign up for a deep cleaning of their home in addition to two types of hand sanitizers. The service is free of charge and residents are only required to show a form of ID.
Team Hope NOLA is funded in part by Miller’s son’s new company.
Master Clean Life (MCL) is a new brand of cleaning supplies and toiletries created by Miller’s sons, Hercy and Mercy.
“When Mercy and I came up with the concept, we went to my dad and brother and pitched them the idea. They had us come up with a plan, and we begin to do research. When they realized we were serious, they agreed to give us the financial support we needed to start the company. They also gave us the tools and team to develop it,” said Hercy Miller. Since last month, Master Clean Life products have been in high demand and have sold out their inventory to consumers.
MCL gives back to the community through every purchase of one of their products. A percentage is spent helping inner-city youth attain higher education, as well as assisting the elderly with food, clothing, and medical needs.