Dear Friends & Neighbors, March 18, 2020 Several community organizations and concerned individuals have been meeting virtually to develop a comprehensive plan to address local needs during this global crisis. Here's the plan so far:
● This week, we will be bringing 5,000 lbs of non-perishable food into the area to prepare bags for delivery to students, families and shut-ins with food security issues. The first distribution will be this Friday afternoon. Also, the Sloatsburg Food Pantry will be open on Tuesday, March 24, from 1pm to 6pm (check first about drive-thru rules; Tuxedo residents are eligible).
● We have established point persons by neighborhood (see below) who will be responsible for assessing needs and coordinating local response.
● We have also created an email hotline that anyone in Tuxedo can use to let us know of needs that are going unmet, so that we can work to find a way to address them.
● Please note, the neighborhood coordinators and hotline volunteers are not medical professionals. If you feel sick, call your doctor. In an emergency, call 911. Here's how you can help:
● Call and check on your neighbors to make sure they're okay. If they need something, encourage them to contact their neighborhood coordinator or the email hotline. Do not visit in person at this time.
● Volunteer to help by contacting your neighborhood coordinator or the hotline. Please rest assured we are taking precautions to maintain social distancing and minimize risk, and will not ask you to do anything you're not comfortable with.
● We are particularly in need of healthy volunteers in the 20 to 50 age group, who would be willing to go shopping for essentials or pharmaceutical needs of the elderly, or people confined to their homes. These volunteers would be contacted by the neighborhood coordinator to assist in fulfilling the needs of people seeking help. To volunteer, call Sue Heywood at 845-351-3473.
● Donate to one of the organizations making this happen - Sloatsburg Food Pantry and St. Mary’s Outreach After this crisis has passed and we look back, the thing that will have mattered most is how we treated each other and how we worked together to protect our community. Stay safe and stay strong!