RISING OCCASION TO THE Community members are stepping up to help each other in a time of need.
“I KNOW ASKING FOR HELP IS DIFFICULT. I HOPE PEOPLE FEEL SAFE ENOUGH TO REACH OUT
“WHEN YOU LOOK ATWHAT WE’RE DEALINGWITH RIGHT NOW, THE SITUATION IS UNPRECEDENTED. BUT SO IS THE RESPONSE.” JEFFREY YARBROUGH,
BECAUSE WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER.” MARISSA ALMAGUER, FOUNDER OF CORONA HELPERS-EASTROUNDROCK
ROUND ROCK ISD DIRECTOR OF SAFETY AND SECURITY
Georgetown and Jarrell ISDs, to offer their own supplies to first
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Almaguer is one of many within the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto community using what she has—be it an hour of time to go to the grocery store or an extra roll of toilet paper—to lend a helping hand in a time of need. Donatingmedical supplies In response to what has been deemed a critical need for surgical masks, gloves and other medical supplies, RoundRock ISDdonated approximately 6,500 surgical masks and 7,000 pairs of gloves to the Williamson County Emergency Operations Center on March 26. “When you look at what we’re dealing with right now, the situation is unprecedented,” said Jeffrey Yarbrough, Round Rock ISD’s director of safety and security. “But so is the response.” RRISD joins several other Williamson County school districts, including Hutto, Granger,
responders in this crisis, Yarbrough said. “We understand the gravity of the situation that we’redealingwith,”Yarbroughsaid. “That’swhy there are so many people giving so much of themselves to help others. I’m so thankful that school districts countywide are able to do their part to mitigate this pandemic and help those who are in need.” RRISD officials announced March 31 that campus closures would extend until at least May 4. Elaine Douville, RRISD’s director of health services, said when she heard about the county’s need for masks and gloves, she took inventory of the district’s supply to determine what it could give. “This is one way RRISD health services nurses can still help out our community at this time,” Douville said. “We’re not on the front lines right now, but we’re still trying to do our part and help out those that are on the front lines in their roles as nurses.”
Order food and drink for takeout or delivery. (See Pages 8-11 for a list of local options) Purchase retail needs from local vendors on their websites while their storefronts are currently closed. Sign up for virtual classes offered by gyms, art studios and other businesses temporarily open online only. (See Page 19 for more) Buy gift cards to favorite local businesses and restaurants. Donate to a charitable fund such as Round Rock Cares at www.roundrockcares.org .
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