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Shore Delivery Corps - May 15, 2020
 
Posted on Monday May 18, 2020
 

Shore Delivery CorpsStarting Friday, Shore Delivery Corps will offer FREE TOILET PAPER AND PAPER TOWELS once weekly to local people in an effort to keep vulnerable neighbors at home, safe from COVID-19.

“The very people we are trying to keep home are waiting in line for paper products at the Food Lion,” said Jeff Holland, a prime organizer of the Corps. “So we said, hey, let’s see what we can do.”

Accomack County supervisor Ron Wolff, a member of the Corps’ supply chain committee, contacted Holt Paper Co. They said the Corps could get as much as necessary at pre-pandemic prices.

“Then somebody stepped up to say they would purchase it,” said Holland. The donor prefers to remain anonymous.

Shore Delivery Corps organized at the end of March to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and save the lives of vulnerable neighbors. Volunteers pick up groceries and medications at suppliers in both counties and deliver them to people who call the phone bank for assistance. 

The Corps has 90 volunteers and made 150 deliveries in the first 30 days.  Starting Friday, each weekly delivery can include 8 rolls of toilet paper and 4 rolls of paper towels. 

Holland said delivery of the complimentary products will continue through June, or as long as the Shore Delivery Corps exists. 

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The Shore Delivery Corps’ mission is to keep vulnerable people home, and out of public places.  If a person is over 65, or has existing health problems such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart or lung diseases, they may suffer more if exposed to the virus. The Shore Delivery Corps wants to prevent that, if possible. 

To get help or to volunteer, call 801-9950, or email shoredeliverycorps@gmail.com.  Volunteers will go to the store after you order and pay for the products as you usually do.  If you need help ordering what you need, the volunteers will assist you.  Then they will bring the bags to your doorstep, clean and virus free.

Shore Delivery Corps serves under the umbrella of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation and the United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  The Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation gave the Corps $25,000, and the United Way donated $2,000 toward the mission. 

“Working together, we can all make a difference in preserving the lives and good health of our fellow citizens who are at the greatest risk of serious complications from COVID-19,” said Corps leader Jeff Holland.  “Help us by volunteering to make deliveries, to answer calls, or to educate our fellow citizens who are at risk the importance of staying home.” 

To learn more about the Shore Delivery Corps, visit the partners’ websites at Eastern Shore of VA Community Foundation or Eastern Shore United Way.

 

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