April, 2020
The Matt Garcia Foundation would like to send out a word of encouragement in the midst of this coronavirus outbreak. These challenging times actually give us more opportunities to highlight our greatest strength by proudly living the late Matt Garcia’s legacy to strengthen our communities.

To quote Mohammed Ali, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”. First, let’s pray for all fire, police and medical professionals placing themselves in harm’s way for our good. Second, let’s check in on our neighbors and provide assistance where possible, especially our elders and others who are at higher risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. And lastly, let’s do our part to help stop the spread of this dreaded disease by washing our hands regularly, maintaining social distancing, and limiting travel.
Important Information About Coronavirus
Many of you may have read some or many such things to date. However, the below information seems worth while...

The following is from Irene Ken physician, whose daughter is an Asst. Prof in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University, quite informative.

  • The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
  • Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
  • The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
  • HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 77 degrees Fahrenheit for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
  • Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
  • Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein and breaks it down from the inside.
  • Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.
  • NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.
  • NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous), 4 hours (copper and wood), 24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal) and, 72 hours (plastic). But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
  • The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars. They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.
  • The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
  • Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
  • NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.
  • LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol.
  • The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
  • You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.
  • You have to Moisturize dry hands from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
  • Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.
Stay-at-home Community Service Day
We have cancelled all upcoming events for the Month of April, following the guidance from public health officials.

There are ways that you can give back during these times.

The Matt Garcia Foundation will be participating in the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership's Cesar Chavez Day of Action.
Though we cannot come together for our community service events this month, The Matt Garcia Foundation thanks you for joining us in this stay-at-home volunteer project to continue serving our community during this challenging time.

Type the link provided above into your internet browser to watch a video on how to make the tote bags. www.serve.ca.gov

We will collect finished tote bags at our next Community Service Day Cleanup which is to be announced in the future.
Calling Healthy Californians!
Every healthy Californian can safely help their community during these difficult times. Here are some ways you can make a difference:

Deliver Meals
Vulnerable seniors are at greatest risk amid COVID-19. Let’s help keep them safe and cared for. Contact your local Meals on Wheels organization, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org . If your local program is not taking volunteers consider donating non-pershible items or money.
Donate to a shelter or food bank
During this time organizations are running low on food items, help them stay well stocked for those in need. Visit www.serve.ca.gov to find one near you.
Volunteer at a food bank
Food banks are in great need of volunteers to help pack and sort food. They are taking precautions to prioritize volunteer safety. Visit California Association of Food Banks at www.CAfoodbanks.org
Support Nonprofits
Nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable communities – like seniors and low-income families need your help. Find a fund to donate to nonprofits in your community on the Philanthropy California COVID-19 Response Page: www.philanthropyca.org/covid-19-response .
Wellness Checks
Check on Older Neighbors with a Call, Text or Talk through the door.
Hygiene Kits
Create hygiene kits and drop off at a shelter for people experiencing homelessness to help them stay healthy.
Donate Blood
Donated blood has decreased dramatically. Healthy, eligible donors are urged to come out and give to ensure there’s lifesaving blood on the shelves for those who need it most. Visit the American Red Cross: www.redcrossblood.org .

Visit serve.ca.gov
Ways to Stay Physically Active
When You Are Stuck at Home
Online yoga:
Yoga can be not only good for your physical health, but can improve general wellness by relieving stress and improving emotional health, sleep and balance, the National Institute of Health notes.
Go for a walk:
Try taking a break in the day to go for a walk. Experts at the Mayo Clinic note that walking everyday can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve your mood.
Put on some tunes and dance. Dance is an effective form of exercise and can burn calories. The amount of calories you will burn depends on the intensity of the dance, the length of dance, how much effort you put in.


Getty Museum: Los Angeles's premiere gallery has two virtual tours. To check them out online.

Houston Zoo: There are plenty of different animals you can check in on with this zoo's live cam, but i recommend watching the playful elephants.

SeaWorld Orlando: The virtual tour of SeaWorld includes a tour of Discovery Cove and the option to"ride" the steel roller coaster Mako.

Yosemite National Park webcam:
To visit the fabulous beauty of one of our most admired National Park.
Some Inspiring Words...
We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us thru that darkness to a safe and sane future.
- John F. Kennedy -
Did you know?
You can support your local small business without spending a cent?

Like or love their post – Tag friends who would enjoy their product or services – Share their post – Join their Facebook group and like the page - Tell your friends!
Everyday we learn something new. Take life as a test and shoot for a better score each day… It doesn’t have to be an “A” the next day,
but let’s hope it improves.
-Matt Garcia
P.O. Box 3301
Fairfield, CA 94533

DIRECT: 707.372.4160
EMAIL:  info@ffinest.org
Keep the Dream Alive
Newsletter Production By: Upward Trend