LEMOYNE, Pa. — The Pennsylvania State Grange is asking individuals and local Granges to become more involved in helping meet needs brought on by coronavirus (COVID-19).
“The crisis has left many people with a feeling of powerlessness because the virus pandemic is so huge that it is hard to get one’s arms around it,” said Pennsylvania State Grange President Wayne Campbell. “Despite those feelings, each person is not powerless. He or she can individually help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by listening to what health officials say about hygiene and personal contact.”
In a memo that went out to Grange members on Sunday, March 29, Campbell said that he is encouraging everyone to practice all the preventive measures but also look out for one another. “We are facing possibly the hardest times our country has seen since the Civil War and the end is not in sight,” he said. “Our faith and our dedication to our fellow man will get us through these tough times.”
Several things that individuals can do:
- Call any neighbors who may need a helping hand to get food or other life-sustaining needs. Meals on Wheels may simply not be available. Given the lack of Broadband access, many rural Pennsylvanians may not have access to Telemedicine. A neighbor’s query will find out what issues are faced by the elderly or infirm.
- Prepare meals for children and families who may not be getting proper nourishment.
- Contact others simply to let them know that they are not alone. Isolation can evoke depression and it is up to all to remind them that they are not alone even though physical contact is limited.
In addition, the Pennsylvania State Grange asked its members to make face masks after checking with local health care facilities to determine if they are accepting home-made masks and how they will accept them.
Links to two of the patterns are listed below.
- Provided by Jen Beamon Hamburg, PA, Grange
- Face Mask Pattern and Instructions
- Provided by Sharon Waltman California, PA, Grange
- Face Mask Pattern
- Face Mask Instructions
This message of helping others is underscored by the motto of the Grange, ‘In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity.’
–Pennsylvania State Grange