H.O.P.E. during COVID-19 Crisis

LYNDON- The Lyndon non profit organization, H.O.P.E. has been helping the community in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. H.O.P.E. has been having over fifty volunteers donating handmade masks to the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

However, volunteers making masks is not the only new things happening with the organization during this crisis. Their programs are are still running as smoothly as possible. 

"Right now we're giving backpacks out. Myself and one other person is here to stuff them and make sure the kids are fed. We are doing still the emergency boxes." said Natalie, H.O.P.E. worker, who has asked that her last name not be used.

The masks are to help with protecting healthcare working treating patiemts with COVID-19.

"There is only one person picking up masks, then she will deliver it to the hospital who will wash them."

The store located in Lyndonville is currently closed for the time being. H.O.P.E. is not accepting food donations at this time as well, due to the worry of the spread of COVID-19.

"We are trying to make sure no one goes hungry and that's just it, that's the bottom line."

At the moment during the COVID-19 crisis, H.O.P.E. is only accepting cash donations to be able to help people in the community to get food so they do not have to go hungry.

"Through the food bank, we can order stuff that is much less that anybody can buy it. So, we're actually doubling what we can get with cash."

Natalie encourages people who need food to contact H.O.P.E. at 802-626-3328, there will be someone available to talk Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 5pm.