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GIVING BACK PEARLAND RESIDENT RAISES NEARLY $6,000 FOR PIZZAS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS Baylor College of Medicine employees enjoy donated pizza. When the coronavirus pandemic began to spread, Pearland resident Sarah McSpadden began to think of ways she could help. “I am not a person who can sit around and do nothing,” she said. McSpadden fi rst organized donations after Hurricane Harvey, when she helped with clothing and supplies for those who had been a ff ected by fl ooding around the Pearland area. For the virus, she not only had to think about what donations she should collect, but also how to do it safely. As a mother of fi ve children, McSpadden said she is taking social distancing
COURTESY SARAH MCSPADDEN
very seriously. She decided on donating pizzas to fi rst responders and essential workers because she could pay and tip over the phone and count on contactless delivery. “The people I call are just fl oored,” she said.
“THE PEOPLE I CALLARE JUST FLOORED.” SARAH MCSPADDEN
McSpadden has raised enough money so far to donate 828 pizzas to hospitals, grocery stores, fi re and police departments,
Neri Hair Studio is o ff ering curbside pickup and home delivery of hair products.
COURTESY LUKE NERI
Neri Hair Studio, which has been open in Pearland for 12 years, is one of many businesses fi nding ways to stay open while accommodating COVID-19 safety recommendations. While much of the business is focused on how to serve clients now, owner Luke Neri said he is focused on further- reaching changes to the way salons are run after they can fully reopen. From the moment salons were required to close, Neri said safety has been his No. 1 priority. Now, he is looking at how his business will change when it is able to return to regular functions. “Being a salon, we’ve always had strict instructions on how to sanitize, but all of it is going to be stepped up from here on out,” Neri said. “The COVID-19 situation is a game changer.” Some of those adjustments include no more beverages for clients, a move from hand towels to disposable NERI HAIR SALON PEARLAND SALON LOOKS AT PROCEDURAL CHANGES POST - PANDEMIC
paper towels in the restroom, capes being immediately put in the washing machine after use instead of into a laundry basket and a thermal thermometer so clients with a fever can be asked to reschedule. The salon will remove magazines from the waiting area and only allow clients in for the appointments; families and friends will not be able to wait in the salon. It will also be mandatory to put a credit card on fi le to avoid hand-to- hand contact when swiping a client’s card. Neri said by following these new rules, the salon is going to do the best and most it can to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “These are new times that we are in,” Neri said. “A lot of these changes will be around for a while.”
garbage collection sites and post o ffi ces. While most donations go to Pearland- area sites, as most donors are Pearland residents, McSpadden has sent donations around the Houston area.
The Shard Yard
COURTESY THE SHARD YARD
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donated over $1 million for coronavirus relief. HCA has campuses all over the Greater Houston area, including one at 11100 Shadow Creek Parkway, Pearland. 713-770-7000. www.hcahoustonhealth care.com
dents will be out of school for, Tutoring Club President David Hill said. IN THE NEWS 10 HCA Healthcare Foundation , a branch of HCA Houston Healthcare, has
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