We have been keeping you up to date with how you can help those in your community. Two of the pressing needs we still face are blood donors and delivery drivers to drop off food. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and CrowdSource Rescue are two major non-profits that are assisting those in our neighborhood. We have highlighted these issues before, and we would urge you if you are healthy and willing, to either donate blood or volunteer to be a delivery driver or dispatcher for those who are not able to leave their homes.
GULF COAST REGIONAL BLOOD CENTER
Those who are participating in blood drives are taking all precautions to ensure the safety of their donors, however, an appointment is required, In addition, you can find more information about this below and at GiveBlood.org. The Blood Center is encouraging social distancing and they are asking all donors to please make an appointment to prevent overcrowding.
The CDC has identified older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions as being at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Many of our neighbors who are at risk are unable to leave their homes for fear of contracting COVID-19. Crowdsource Rescue (CSR) played a critical role during Harvey by helping match flood victims in need of rescue to rescuers willing and able to help. They have stepped up during the current COVID-19 crisis to help direct volunteers who are willing and able to deliver food and basic supplies to homebound at-risk neighbors who need it the most.
They need volunteers who are willing to pick up food and supplies from a Food Bank and deliver it to those in need. The need is critical now and is likely to increase in the weeks ahead. CSR has incorporated social distancing into their model to keep volunteers and clients as safe as possible. Volunteers drop off the food at the client’s doorstep and do not enter the home.
Up for a bigger challenge? CSR also has a need for dispatchers who take on the task of coordinating drivers, clients and food distribution.
Serving with CSR is one way that the faith community can care for our neighbors in need.