Assistance League Montgomery County Responds to COVID 19
Two areas of impact for Assistance League Montgomery County are to meet community needs and fostering health and wellness. Although the award wining thrift shop has been closed due to the quarantine order, the philanthropic mission has continued with a shift in focus to meet the new and urgent needs of a community in lockdown.
Assisting assault and trauma survivors is the goal of the Assault Survivor Kits® Program. Because the survivors’ clothing is often kept as evidence or has been destroyed in an accident or soiled due to illness, having a change of clothes and a few hygiene items becomes a critical necessity during this vulnerable time of their lives.
The survivors are provided “kits” containing new clothing, toiletries, and comfort items while they are receiving care in hospitals and local support agencies, giving them a chance to feel more comfortable in such a horrible situation.
The committee buys new clothing and toiletries for the kits. The women’s kits contain a pair of underpants, a shirt and a pair of pants, a toiletry kit containing shampoo, conditioner, a comb, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste and blanket in a cheerful red bag. We also provide kits for men and children that contain new clothing.
Assistance League has provided 380 kits to local agencies. In April alone, Assistance League provided 72 kits (62 for women and 10 for men) to Memorial Hermann The Woodlands and 22 kits to Montgomery County Women’s Center. We were told by one of our agencies that 22 kits were used in one weekend in April, an unusually high number for one weekend and is attributed to the “stay at home” order caused by the Covid19 virus.
Members of the Tender Loving Care Dolls committee redirected their sewing skills to sew protective facemasks for several facilities, delivering 75 masks to Woodlands Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and delivered 40 masks to Conroe Regional Hospital, and 130 masks in April to residents of the Conservatory Retirement Center
25 additional masks were given to the Assistance League for use and protection of all members who continued to work in the sop. All of the masks were made of attractive, varied and colorful fabrics.