Good communities are made up of residents who step up when times are tough. And there’s been a lot of stepping up recently in Taylor.
Volunteers at the Taylor School District have continued their free food service, even though their buildings are closed and the students are at home. The school food distribution was the most visible of many individuals, businesses and organizations stepping up to help the community in this time of need, according to Mayor Rick Sollars.
“The effort grows as the needs grow,” said Mayor Sollars, who has been attempting to match donors with needs while running a City government with locked down buildings and limited staffing. “Americans stand strong and band together in difficult times. This is one of them. But the United States has faces hurdles before, and we will get over this obstacle. We just have to stay together, and stay vigilante.”
The Taylor Schools offer free food to all students through a federal program during the school year. In too many situations that’s the only food the children eat all day. So when governor’s order closed all schools, district staff and volunteers stepped to the forefront to keep the distribution going. Last week’s distribution was no different, according to an email from MaryAnn Cyr, assistant superintendent.
“(The March 26) food distribution was a huge success. We distributed a total of 12, 047 breakfast meals from Randall Elementary School and West Middle School. Thank you to all those staff members who came out to help. As I mentioned before, to honor social distancing, we are limiting the volunteers, wearing masks, and keeping our distance while we work. This will be a challenge, but we will get through it.”
Cyr continued: “(On March 25), the Taylor Federation of Teachers delivered food to 19 families in need. Special thanks to Linda Moore and Sandra Kluk for organizing this. The families are so thankful and get quite emotional when we drop off food.
“(Earlier) in the drive-up loop, one parent was so appreciative, she just wept and wept, trying to collect herself enough to thank us. She said that the family counted on this food to survive. These are the reminders that confirm that we are doing right by our community.”
WCCCD’s MIPSE location, which trains firefighters, has also lent supporter. Andy Steeby stopped by to give Fire Chief Stephen Portis boxes of supplies. They are usually used in training, but at this time of need, the more supplies on hand for Taylor Fire personnel, the better. Likewise, POHi staffer Stacy Lynne donated supplies from her department to the TFD.
Each day, it seems that more and more residents and businesses joining the effort. Police Chief John Blair posted a “thank you” from his department to many individuals and groups … and apologized that he couldn’t include more:
Police Chief John Blair and his entire department would like to send a big. blue “thank you” out to many organizations and groups for their support during this COVID-19 pandemic:
Wayne County Executive Warren C Evans
Taylor Pistol Club
CARE of Southeastern Michigan
Malek Al Kabob
Taylor School District
At times like these, the cream rises to the top. #TaylorStrong.
We could not agree more!
EDITOR’S NOTE: These are just a few of the many stories of Taylor residents and businesses stepping up during this time of crisis. If you have a story to share during this COVID-19 pandemic, email Karl Ziomek at firstname.lastname@example.org.