In this difficult period I hope that you and your family and friends are safe and staying healthy by washing your hands and maintaining the required distances. We are very fortunate to have Jan Schakowsky as our outstanding Congresswoman. Jan has created a Wellness Check program that provides us with the opportunity to check in with vulnerable neighbors. If you would like to call your neighbors to see how they are doing, you can sign up for the program here.
There are many other ways to help our community.
- Assist your local food bank – With schools closed and many out of work, some households are running low on food. That’s why local food pantries are especially important right now. Whether you are in need of assistance or you’d like to donate, use this online locator to find your nearest food bank. Our local food pantry is the New Trier Township Food Pantry. The food pantry for the Greater Chicago area is the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
- Donate supplies to First Responders – Health care workers across Illinois are in need of personal protective equipment, or PPE. If you or your business would like to donate unopened, factory-made masks, gowns, gloves, or other protective gear, contact Serve Illinois here.
- Donate Blood – Social distancing measures have resulted in the cancellation of many blood drives in state, but a blood shortage would only worsen the health crisis we are facing now. The following organizations are looking for healthy, eligible individuals to donate blood: American Red Cross, Vitalant and Northshore University Healthsystem.
- Other Ways to Help – Order delivery from local restaurants or buy a gift card from your favorite boutique to keep small businesses afloat. Complete the Census online or by mail to ensure our communities receive the funding they need. Stay at home as much as possible to protect others from the spread of the coronavirus
We all must unite in these challenging times. America, throughout its history, has overcome severe crises such as this pandemic and we shall endure as we have endured in the past.
My best to you and your families.
New Trier Township Committeeman Dean Maragos