We're All In This Together
Uncertainty can cause fear and stress. Sometimes one of the best things you can do to help is to help yourself maintain awareness, and offer solutions to help others. Browse through the section for ways to do both.
Filling In the Gap
Our Founder has had a passion to help children take a stand against sexual abuse for years now. Shelter at home quarantines' put children at more risk for those who may be in close proximity to an abuser. She shares some tips from her personal site and a free download for families.
Facts and Information
Finally, thanks to Trevor Noah and the Daily Show crew, we have 13 minutes of uninterrupted helpful medical facts from Dr. Fauci. Dr. Fauci has advised 6 presidents on domestic and global health issues and has served as the National Director of Allergy and Infectious Disease since 1984. Almost 40 years of receipts folks. Check him out in this video.
Why washing your Hands and Social Distancing Helps.
COVID-19 is a respiratory pathogen that’s capable of community transmission but at the same time can also be contained with the right measures, it is NOT airborne. The general belief is that COVID-19 is transmitted by droplets from an infected person’s sneeze or cough. Social distancing simply put keeps you from coughing and or sneezing on another person, soap is a virus destroyer and hand sanitizer creates a temporary barrier against germs.
Local Schools are Serving Free Meals for Students
Many students rely on school breakfast and lunch for their daily meals. Spread the word...
Twenty-one schools across the county will serve bagged breakfasts and lunches from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, beginning March 23 and running through March 27. All children age 18 and younger are eligible to receive the meals, one per day.
No application is required.
Families are encourages to drive to the sites, but walkups also will be served. The district announced that the City of Tampa also plans to open some locations for feeding students. Those locations, not yet listed, will be available on the city’s website.
School districts are able to provide the subsidized meals outside their cafeterias as the result of a waiver from federal guidelines, obtained by the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. It’s the same arrangement that schools usually follow during the summer break.
Accommodating Vulnerable Populations
"Dollar General Will Hold Senior Hour at Local Stores"
In response to coronavirus concerns, Dollar General stores are dedicating their first hour of operation to senior citizens only beginning Tuesday, March 17. Since they're a vulnerable group to COVID-19, the company said it wants to help seniors avoid crowds. Dollar General stores are also closing one hour earlier to allow employees to clean and re-stock. Call them up for more details.
Mental Health Tips
Help for a Sound Mind
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Homeschooling During Quarantine
Speech, Occupational and Behavioral therapies are essential to developing progress with your special needs child. Talk to your child's therapist and ask them for therapies you can do at home. Look for video options, set a schedule ( sleep, lunch, screen time) and don't be too hard on yourself. You're doing great.
How do I practice Workplace Hygiene?
Encourage sick people to stay home, practice Good Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette, Stay in Contact with Employees who Travel, and Talk to your Workplace about infectious disease outbreak plans.
Can I vote online during the COVID-19 outbreak?
In Florida, the only ways to cast a ballot are via mail-in ballot, in-person via early voting; or in-person on Election Day at your assigned polling place, and in Florida you can only vote in the preferential primary election if you are registered in that party. Go early if you can and get in and out. Check our local states voter registration page for details.
What about Homeless families and families in Need?
Locally Metropolitan Ministries has a plan in place for underserved families in need.
Can I contract the virus from my dog?
A Word from our Founder
Empathy. As people of Faith, we tend to make Big-headed posts during times of uncertainty that most people can't relate to. The Bible says Power, Love AND a Sound Mind. Power to pray, Love to empathize with others, a Sound Mind to take control of hysterical and anxious thoughts. It doesn't mean we know all the answers and or can dismiss everyone's situation, or act irresponsibly. Washing your hands is wisdom folks! Practice love by being practical, being caring, praying and in the meantime keeping your distance and staying safe.