Update, Friday April 17, 2020
I’ve found another DIY mask/face covering resource, here’s the link;
The guide has all sorts of different designs, easy to follow script and some basic information about COVID-19, what types of materials are effective for protection from pillow cases, t-shirts to tea towels and coffee filters, design patterns, how to wear them and more. Check it out. The parent website is www.covidstudentresponse.org It’s an actual curriculum on COVID-19 by Harvard Medical School students…
Earth Day is coming up-April 22nd, that’s next Wednesday. The official website for Earth Day is www.earthday.org and there are plenty of activities you can access to do with Grandchildren, or anyone else for that matter They’ve included a collection of virtual activities, challenges and information on environmental activities you can share if you’re interested.
As we all weather the COVID storm and stay away from each other, some folks might begin to feel a little blue, isolated or alone. Our communal stay at home experience can be stressful and having someone to talk with can be just the right tonic during a rough period. The message here is simple, call us at 413.458.8250 and we’ll make arrangements for someone to contact you just to talk. Talk is good right? Especially now…
The St Patrick/St. Raphael Food Pantry will be open again on Wednesday, April 22nd, that’s next week folks. Use Mission Park drive to circle around the church and stay in your car, someone will help. Walkers go to the head of the line and they’ll try to serve you first. A new note from our friends at the pantry-elder participants who are unable to get there in person to pick up their food should call the church at 458.4946 and leave a message by the close of business Monday April 20th for home delivery. They’ll be assembling “go” orders on Tuesday.
Now here’s a couple COA housekeeping notes; If you should need to utilize our van to go out, please note that we’re doing life support trips only. We define life support as food shopping and medical appointments or medically related transport at this time. If you do ride the van, please wear a face covering and gloves if you have them. If not, we’ll get you a face cover. We’re really trying to help stop the spread of this monster and as always, it’s safety first.
Also note that we won’t transport more than two people at any time, we have space to effectively practice social distancing and we do, it’s part of the new abnormality. And by the way, the van is sanitized several times weekly.
There have been questions from some new folks (glad to meet ya) about whether or not we’re still shopping for elders who can’t or shouldn’t go to a grocery store themselves. The answer is yes and we’ll continue to do it until it’s safe to go out again. Call us at 458.8250, we’ll arrange for someone to call you, they’ll take your order from outside of your door along with a check or cash and your store card, shop,return your food and receipt to your doorstep and viola! A restocked pantry. And once again, thanks to everyone who has gone out there to shop for others! We really appreciate you!
By the way, if you’re missing the movie experience and are sick of the tube, Images are screening, well, virtually, two movies this weekend, Extra Ordinary and another called The Wild Goose Lake. You can purchase them to watch via the website at www.imagescinema.org
Finally, it’s Friday and they tell me that it’s going to snow tonight. Too late for that. Or is it too early? Not sure which…Monday is a holiday, Patriots Day and the van won’t be running and under ordinary circumstances, I’d tell you that nobody would be here. These are not ordinary circumstances. Feel free to call and leave a message, we’ll be checking.
Have a great weekend and stay safe out there!