On Tuesday the BCRC was able to take jackets and blankets that had been donated during our coat and blanket drive and provide them to the Red Cross as they established their Warming Center at Reed Arena. The Red Cross, United Way, The REACH Project, as well as many A&M leaders were there to ensure that people were provided with life saving heat, food, and clean water.
Beginning Thursday we had partnered with Brazos Valley Blessings and Black Lives Matter- BCS to begin collecting and delivering much needed items to those who had been unable to get basic items due to the storm. As grocery stores began to reopen, the local grocery supply had been spoiled, bought out, or had not received supplies. The BVB Facebook group, BLM-BCS, BCRC, Meals on Wheels, and Friends UCC were able to get creative in sourcing items for food, baby supplies, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, water, blankets, and clothes.
What was intended to just be a 1 day effort spanned 4 days total, 3 of which were at Peace Lutheran Church for logistical purposes. During those 3 days we estimate that we filled over 530 bulk requests, served a minimum of 2600 people, and made over 100 deliveries. A huge thank you to everyone who delivered these much needed supplies to those who were unable to drive. A huge thank you to Nam Cafe, Mcallister's Deli, Rush Bowls, Double Daves, and many individuals who donated food for our army of volunteers.
We hope to do another community drive in the early summer.
Hero Mask Makers
Hero Mask Makers was started as a way for us to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus. These masks are all sewn by local volunteers to be distributed to our community. We have distributed over 5,000 masks as of 9/1/2020!!!!
With masks and PP&E now readily available, we are no longer accepting mask donations and no longer distributing masks. We appreciate all of our partners and want our community to know how hard these volunteers worked to protect our community.
Some of our community partners are the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce, Visiting Angels, Pride Cleaners, Peace Lutheran Church, Lone Star Quilt Works Mask Making Group, Innovative Fitness, Waco Seamstress for Crisis, to name a few, over 60 local seamstresses, and so many others that donated their time, talent, and treasures to help keep us all safe.
We appreciate everyone's efforts to keep our community safe and stop the spread. Our seamstresses, donors, and distributors/delivery folks all made this possible and we are ever so grateful!