From Frank ... | Dec 4
Updated: Dec 19, 2020
Following up on my Thanksgiving message, I want to thank you for your generosity. On Giving Tuesday we received $610 dollars from 11 donors! You also contributed a carload of jackets, scarves, hats, thermals, and boots which have been delivered to Martha’s Table by a Village volunteer, Tess. Thank you for your incredible generosity.
We're all a little nervous this week about the worsening situation with COVID.
I caught up with Village volunteer Carolyn Kulisheck this week who pointed out that the White House Coronavirus Task Force has issued a very direct caution to seniors: “It must be made clear that if you are over 65 or have significant health conditions, you should not enter any indoor public spaces where anyone is unmasked due to the immediate risk to your health; you should have groceries and medications delivered." I really urge us all to consider this recommendation and weigh the risks of various activities, such as eating inside of a restaurant, carefully.
What's changed? The big difference between now and even a few months ago is that the virus is surging and so there is more virus around our community.
Just because you may have, for example, gone some place and others were not wearing a mask and you did not get infected, you may not have the same outcome now because of the current surge. Please be careful and let us know if we can assist you in some way. We can provide you with hand sanitizer, a cloth mask or disposable masks that you might give to those with whom you come into contact that don’t have a mask.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. Two vaccines are expected to be approved for rollout very soon, but it may take several more months for those over 65 living independently to be vaccinated.
While we wait, I really urge each of you to find something of interest to help pass the time before a vaccine. We have a robust calendar of events, many of which can be done with just the phone or even outdoors. The full list can be found here. On Monday at 10 there’s yoga and at 11:30 there’s a coffee and conversation group talking about the future of our two-party system. On Wednesday, there’s a stretching class at 10 and a lunch bunch group at noon. And this is just a teaser. We hope to have something of interest to everyone so give it another glance!
Finally, we’ve begun our year-end fundraising appeal. Although we are a membership organization with dues, they only cover 30% of our total costs. We also have grants but much like public radio and television, we rely on individual donations. We appreciate your support!
I’ll finish the column just as I began it, by saying thank you!