“And the trouble is, if we don’t risk anything, we risk even more.” Seeing this quote from Erica Yong today made me think about the level of risk we are living with in the middle of this pandemic. How risky is it to walk outside your door? Young, old, immune compromised, healthy as a horse? The reports vary greatly, and maybe, we will never know. What we do know is that following the CDC guidelines tell us we can minimize the risk and operate safely if we follow proper protocols. That is exactly what we are doing at The Blessing Board.
The Corona Virus stopped many services, but it did not stop the need. Many families are struggling to make ends meet and many are in need of basic necessities. This is where The Blessing Board can help. We resumed serving families on June 1st. We are wearing masks; we are holding donations in quarantine for at least 48 hours; we have hand sanitizer available, and we are using Steri-Fab to spray donations. In addition, touch points are cleaned with Lysol continuously. In both Oakmont and McKeesport, we have served 520 families through July of 2020 despite the time spent in shutdown. We hope to serve many more as we continue to confront these challenges. We are grateful for the opportunities to serve.
We are also grateful for the many volunteers who are back in action each week. Right now, we are serving families Monday through Thursday – one family at a time in both locations. As of the end of July, we have logged 7,833 volunteer hours in both locations. The fellowship and laughter fill our cups while providing local families with new beginnings. In September, we will be adding one Saturday Day of Blessing in both locations. We hope to see more long-time volunteers come back and see new volunteers come to The Blessing Board for the first time!
“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’”