Taryn Zard, Staff Writer
There are uncertain times ahead, and with that uncertainty comes fear and stress. Now more than ever, members of the Saint Martin’s community need to illuminate the Benedictine values. When some of the core values have been shaken up, such as peace and stability, people turn towards other values with the hope that they might make a difference.
Churches have also turned towards technology in order to continue communicating with their parishes.
Such measures were not enough for one church in Woodinville, Wash. located near the epicenter of the virus outbreak. The parish realized a need within their community for food, and partnered with a local elementary school that normally provides countless meals during the school year for families in need. The food bank at the school has continually been flooded with donations; not just for nutrition, but other needs, as well.
One upside of this whole crisis is that people seem to be listening to each other’s needs. All over, various support and community groups have popped up on Facebook as people have made a more conscious effort to engage and call those they care about and miss. Communities are hurting, and people within those neighborhoods have continued to show their care and support. Although people are unable to invite others in for a meal, many have been doing the next best thing by providing meals and supplies.
In the North Mason School District there are bus drivers that have continued to travel their normal route, but instead of picking students up, they have dropped bagged food off at the students’ homes. The community saw a need to continue to feed the high-poverty district, and everyone stepped up to help.
On Bainbridge Island there is a restaurant known for its Vietnamese and Southeast Asian cuisine. Despite hurting for business, the brother-sister duo who run it saw a need in their community and decided to stay open with take-out only for as long as they can. The pair has been very understanding that everyone is hurting right now, so they are offering rice bowls at a discounted price of $5. If someone is unable to afford that, they kindly offer the bowl to the hungry person for free.
Another restaurant owner in Downtown Seattle has worked with her staff to create nice entrees to give away to those in need. In Tacoma, Wash. “The Peace Bus” started a campaign to distribute cereal for the next month and a half to families unable to afford breakfast. A restaurant in Woodinville saw a need for their healthcare providers working effortlessly, so with the help of volunteers, the restaurant has been working to provide hot, three course meals to doctors, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners.
Students from Redmond’s Tesla STEM High School got special permission to take home the 3D printers to help create respirators and other safety equipment. There are about 16 students that have gotten financial support for supplies from various communities, and have worked to print face masks which are delivered to Swedish Hospitals in Redmond and Issaquah Valley Medical Center in Renton, and Evergreen Health Center in Kirkland.
A YouTuber from Shoreline, Wash. with a passion for 3D printing has worked to make protective masks for healthcare providers within his community. Providence Hospital launched a 100 million mask challenge, and all across communities people have stepped up to help, even people who previously did not have sewing experience. Some distilleries in Seattle and Woodinville noticed that they were at the heart of Washington’s healthcare providers, and that they had a surplus of alcohol—a key ingredient in hand sanitizer. These distilleries have worked with their local hospitals to make hand sanitizer and counter-top cleaners for their hospitals and communities that have been approved by the CDC for being up to code. Communities have been hurt, and others have seen that, choosing to step in and having shown an overwhelming display of support and hospitality.