Alexandria, VA

Senior Services of Alexandria needs cloth face masks, as volunteers continue to deliver Meals on Wheels to senior residents seven days a week during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have hand sanitizer right now, we have gloves, but since the new directive came out we don’t want surgical masks because they’re reserved for medical professionals,” Mary Lee Anderson, director of Senior Services of Alexandria, told ALXnow. “I’ve tried sending out a couple of emails and thought I had had it down, but it fell through. I’m not a seamstress and can’t sew them myself.”

Anderson is asking anyone who can provide the masks to email her at [email protected]

Meals on Wheels has dramatically modified its delivery program to more than 100 senior residents. Usually, more than 250 volunteers from churches and businesses will deliver the meals (one hot meal, one cold meal) to homes over the course of the month. Now, SSA is utilizing a core group of 23 people made up of city staff, SSA staff and volunteers who are young and healthy.

“All of them have agreed to deliver at least two to three times a week,” Anderson said. “That way we’re able to drastically reduce the number of people involved in the process and really have much tighter control of it.”

Additionally, all pickups of food at Jeffrey’s Catering are being handled differently, with volunteers waiting in their cars with open trunks for the food, which is then delivered.

Anderson said she expects the numbers of meal deliveries to rise as more seniors will be homebound due to the pandemic, and she is asking for community donations in the upcoming online Spring2ACTion fundraiser on April 15.

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Posted by Senior Services of Alexandria on Friday, April 3, 2020

Photo via Senior Services of Alexandria/Facebook

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