The Woodlands-area groups seek donations and other support during the coronavirus crisis
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she said it would transition to Help Our Residents to collect homemade and nonmedical masks for residents in need. “We’ve been very gratied to see a large number of donors come by and drop o PPE, and it has been a valuable experience for me to see so many talented and charitable people come by,” Sekula-Gibbs said during the township board of directors April 9 videoconference. As of April 23, the program expanded to help rst responders and health care professionals with personal needs as well. The Adopt a Healthcare Worker arm of the program gathers items for individuals’ personal use as well as handwritten notes of encouragement.
Thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment were collected in April for The Woodlands Township’s Help Our Heroes donation drive, The Woodlands board of directors member Shelley Sekula-Gibbs said at the board’s April 30 meeting. The campaign was approved at the township’s April 2 board of directors meeting to support Montgomery County rst responders and medical personnel who are treating coronavirus patients. Supplies were sent to the county’s emergency operations warehouse in Conroe for distribution. Sekula-Gibbs said more than 13,500 pairs of gloves and 2,400 masks were donated during the month. On April 30 the project entered a second phase as
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HELP OUR HEROES DONATIONS RECEIVED:
The Woodlands Township board of director’s Help Our Heroes campaign collected items of personal protection equipment for local rst responders in April. In May, the campaign shifted to collected masks for residents.
full face shields
Interfaith of The Woodlands 4242 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands
Mask donations for residents are now being collected for the Help Our Neighbors campaign.
Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
OPPORTUN I T I E S TO A S S I ST
While some community organizations are accepting donations of money, food or other items, members of the community can also give blood or visual signs of encouragement.
SUPPORT LOCAL GROUPS
Individuals wishing to donate blood this month may set up an appointment at The Woodlands Neighborhood Donor Center at 3091 College Park Drive, Ste. 130, The Woodlands. More information about local blood donation opportunities may be found at www.giveblood.org.
1 Community Assistance Center 1022 Mccall Ave., Conroe 936-539-1096 • www.cac-mctx.org
3 Interfaith of The Woodlands
4242 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands 281-367-1230 • www.woodlandsinterfaith.org Interfaith of The Woodlands has been preparing relief bags of food and toiletries for area families in need as well as delivering groceries for seniors.
The center is seeking nancial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteer support for its activities and is providing drive-thru grocery services through its food pantry.
2 Find a Helper 832-764-1467 • www.ndahelper.org
4 Montgomery County Food Bank 1 Food For Life Way, Conroe 936-271-8800 • www.mcfoodbank.org
The Woodlands Township is highlighting local creative expressions of support and positivity as residents cre- ate signs and public displays at their homes to encour- age others during the crisis. Creations such as sidewalk chalk art and positive signs thanking rst responders can be submitted to the township through social media using the hashtag #TownshipTogether or by emailing to email@example.com. THE WOODLANDS EDITION • MAY 2020
The Woodlands-area service connects seniors and medically at-risk residents with volunteer shoppers who deliver groceries, medicine and other needed supplies.
The food bank has been running a virtual food drive to continue to provide meals for those in need across the county. Monetary donations can be made at the organization’s website.
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