By Tessa Dury
On Mar. 11, the World Health Organization deemed COVID-19 a national pandemic. In this time of mandated quarantining, many Brevard county organizations are carrying out “acts of kindness” and extending a helping hand to those in need.
Melbourne resident Amoretta Miranda is one of the people lending a helping hand.
“I decided to buy the supplies that are rare on the shelves,” Miranda said.“Baby wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, water and bread and give them away for free and limit it to one item per person,” she said.
Miranda posted a photo of the supplies on a Space Coast swap and sell Facebook group, a Facebook forum where Brevard county residents post items to swap or sell with others nearby. Many commented on the post, some requested supplies and others commented praise for Miranda’s generosity.
“Everyone is looking to our government, both locally and globally to have answers as to how to help the community,” Miranda said. “We are all failing to realize that we are more than capable of helping each other.”
Miranda also emphasized that there is no better time than now to show compassion within the community.
Impact, Church at Viera’s outreach program, is also helping the Brevard county community with the effect that the Coronavirus has brought.
Volunteers from the church have formed a COVID-19 response group that has partnered with Brevard centers such as Endeavour Elementary School, Family Promise of Brevard and Brevard Rescue Mission.
The Brevard Rescue Mission and Family Promise of Brevard have been working with the homeless to address their needs and help house individuals who may be in need. Brevard Rescue Mission and Family Promise of Brevard work with the homeless to help meet needs and help with rehousing.
“The community is not quite sure how to respond,” said Carrie Thompson, director of Impact. “Most people are concerned about children getting fed and sustaining a program to keep them fed.”
Thompson said they reached out to their partner organizations to see what needs they had and how they could help.
The church has been helping provide meals to families in need and partnering with Family Promise of Brevard to bring resources to those who are struggling to pay rent.
According to Thompson, it is important to care for those who are vulnerable in the community and be a part of something bigger.
“We can take the church outside the building and be a bridge to someone in need and care to them with the same love Jesus has for us,” Thompson said
Brevard Rescue Mission is continuing to open its doors and serve the community.
“The need doesn’t take a break during a global crisis,” said Stacia Glavas, Brevard Rescue Mission CEO and founder.
Another way that Brevard Rescue Mission is helping the community is by providing homeless women and their children with housing, access to health care, transportation as well as providing programs that promote education, job training, nutrition and life skills.
“Helping others in crisis is what we at Brevard Rescue Mission do every day,” Glavas said. “So, to see the world reaching out in kindness to one another is huge.”