The community comes together … again

21 Mar


Do you remember back to late 2012 and early 2013, when our community came together to support our West Webster firefighters — and all volunteer firefighters —  following the unspeakable tragedy of the Christmas Eve shooting?

We’re doing it again. The Coronavirus is turning us all into a global family, who must work together in a hundred different ways to weather the storm.

I’ve been hearing about many examples of this generosity in our local communities. This morning, for example, I read about a man who created a $150 tab at the Country Store for people to get food if they need it. Two people mentioned that DiVincenzo’s Bakery — which has a cash only policy — let two people walk out their doors with their orders when they only had a credit card, asking them just to return later to pay. Kristina, owner of the former Webster-based Mad Hatter Restaurant and Bakery, is making boxed meals for medical personnel. Local seamstresses are pooling their talents to make much-needed face masks for clinics and hospitals. People are bringing trash bags on their walks and helping clean up the environment.

And this is something I think we can all help with: I’ve seen a few references online about people sending letters to shut-ins at nursing homesget . I think this is a great idea. Nursing home residents often don’t even have the luxury of leaving their small rooms, especially if there’s an outbreak of illness in the facility. A personal letter is an easy way to help cheer them up and would really make their day.

I’m going to start doing this, but I would love to be able to direct my letters to specific people. Please email me if you would like your mother or father or grandmother or grandfather to receive a personal letter from me. (Make sure to check with the facility to see if they are accepting letters.) And if you would like, I can spread the word among my readers, so that our loved ones can get a LOT of letters.

If anyone is interested, I’ll start the ball rolling for my father-in-law:

Bruce Rosenberry
Elderwood Village at Williamsville
5271 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221

P.S., I heard from a few Nancy A. about another creative way people are getting together with friends, a virtual “happy hour,” which can be done on a phone or computer. One of my musician friends has also been trying to put together a virtual Irish music session. Doing that remotely, however, has encountered some challenges with regards to buffering and wifi.

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3 Responses to “The community comes together … again”

  1. Nancy Adams March 21, 2020 at 10:41 am #

    Thanks for the “low down” shout out. Nancy

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