#RPTServes is once again calling for “all hands on deck” to assist our elderly neighbors and those who are most at risk from the COVID-19 virus. For those who are unable to venture out for needed food and supplies, the days and weeks ahead are full of uncertainty and worry.
Though we all must practice social distancing and take every precaution to prevent the spread of this virus, there is much that we as a community can do to assist and affirm the most vulnerable during this pandemic.
#RPTServes is announcing four key strategic initiatives to once again come to the aid of our neighbors in this difficult time to:
- Bridge the gap between the needs of our most vulnerable Texans and the resources they need by utilizing our RPT grassroots network to garner and deliver aid where it is needed most.
- Support our community medical professionals and first responders by working with local groups and organizations to offer both tangible and moral support to those on the front lines of this battle.
- Foster the support of local small businesses who are struggling during this unprecedented time.
- Improve life for Texas seniors during this difficult time by inspiring a movement of people of all ages to communicate and connect with those who are isolated and alone.
Here is a listing of ways you can help in your community RIGHT NOW:
*Become a Senior Sidekick
There’s no better way to make a difference for the most vulnerable in your neighborhood. Call ahead for the best times, then take them regular meals or offer to do a grocery run for them. Remind them to check the supply of critical items and needed medications—it can take much longer to refill and restock these items than they are used to.
Schedule time with those home-bound in your community and visit them through their front door or a window. Bring photos or music to brighten their day.
*Support those in the frontlines of fighting the virus
Call ahead to your local first responder stations/clinics/hospitals and ask them about donating food or coffee. Coordinate with them about best drop-off locations and times.
*Help support small business in your community!
Purchase gift card or certificates now that can be used at a later time. Our local businesses need our help today. Support local restaurants by purchasing take-out meals and delivering them to seniors or others in need/clinics/first responders, etc. (always call first)
*Get young people involved!
Have your kids write letter or draw pictures for quarantined residents of nursing homes or veterans homes. Bring them along to your “porch visits” or have them work with nursing homes to set up Zoom or FaceTime calls with residents. Ask them if they would be willing to contact their teachers and offer their help as online tutors for kids who are struggling.
These are just a few general ways that you can help those who need it today. Please invite others to our Facebook group, as we will be posting daily tips and information, as well as critical information about the needs in your community.