During times of crisis, people want to provide support to those most affected and vulnerable. In response to COVID-19, individuals and families have been encouraged to limit contact with others in our community. Crossroads will no longer be able to serve in ways we are accustomed to, at least for the time being.
Here are new ways to serve;
1. Reach out to friends and neighbors
Let’s make sure that those in our neighborhood, who are identified as high risk, are looked after. Volunteers are needed to contact our growing list of individuals and families. Others are needed to shop and run errands.
You can also help us identify those that are high risk. If you know of anyone living alone, elderly, health compromised, or you are just concerned for their well being, let us know. We will gladly add them to our list. Email Kathy MacKrell at email@example.com.
2. Donate needed supplies
Crossroads, HOPE Preschool and the Imagine Well Being communities are collecting for those in need. If you would like to donate needed items, Crossroads is asking for the following:
-Travel Soap & Shampoo
These items can be dropped off outside Crossroads Entrance 1.
These items will be distributed to those we find need them.
3. Feed our neighbors
It is important during this time to make sure that all families have enough to eat. If you know any families who are in need of breakfast and lunch during this break in school, please advise them that Loudoun County School Nutrition Services (SNS) is supporting families by continuing to provide meal service in our school communities.
If you are in need of food, please take advantage of the Loudoun County Public Schools free breakfast and lunch offerings. All families are eligible for the food, with no questions asked. Most schools are open from 10:00am-1:pm for you to drive up and get food brought to your car.
They also have school buses going to several locations for you to pick up food as well. A bus is scheduled each morning Monday – Friday from 10:25am-10:35am in the parking lot across from Crossroads UMC if this is a more convenient location.
4. Make masks for our community
Several people have inquired about making masks for health care workers and at-risk individuals. After consulting with a member of the health care profession, Crossroads' SERVE team has found a design that will be most useful to those in need.
Here is a link for instructions to make masks that have been approved for use by Cambridge Health Alliance.
5. Take care of yourself - Mind, Body and Soul
Imagine Well Being gatherings are available via Zoom so that you can be sure to take care of yourself during this stressful time. Each gathering is stand alone and designed to bring you more inner peace and healing in mind, body and soul.
A full list of gatherings are available can be found here.
6. Take care of yourself - Community
Zoom Circles of Care are small groups where you can find support, care and community.
A full list of these groups can be found here.
7. Enjoy resources for your family
Heart & Home is a resource designed for families of all sizes including grandparents, aunts and uncles who can share this with extended family.
The latest Heart & Home newsletter can be found here.
Pray for healing, comfort, hope and love for everyone around the world.
Prayer for a Pandemic can be found here.