Saturday, Nov. 14 Update:
Updated: Nov 22, 2020
Stats: 43 meals, 135+ masks, 12 mini-sanitizers
Since it was supposed to be a cold morning, I went out earlier than usual to serve hot old-fashioned oatmeal made with milk topped with homemade chunky cinnamon applesauce and a side of blueberry cornbread to 43 people. Oatmeal turned out to be very popular (and I had a request for cheesy grits in the future) so I'm now working breakfast options into the rotation.
The most important news to share, however, is that thanks to kind neighbors and donors, I was able to pass out 100 disposable masks and about 35 reusable cloth ones. I asked several of the people I was serving if the city is giving away masks or if they know of places to get masks for free. They all said they didn't know of anywhere to get them. People were eager for as many masks as I could give away.
Several people asked if they could fill their empty water bottles from my large jug of sanitizer, which I welcomed them to do. I also passed out about a dozen travel-size bottles of sanitizer donated by a kind neighbor.
These basic supplies - masks and sanitizer - will clearly continue to be the biggest need this month. I am so grateful to all who left donations at my door, sent masks via Amazon, and Venmo'd cash for the purchase of needed supplies. I am pacing myself to giving out 100 disposable masks each week - I could easily have
given away 500 yesterday. It only takes about 15 minutes to give away 45 meals each week, and masks move just as quickly.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have donated. Please know your supplies are going directly to people who need them.