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Duquesne area residents have rallied to one another’s assistance after the coronavirus pandemic caused schools to close and businesses to suspend operations.
Mayor Nickole Nesby said a significant number of residents reached out to city hall and local community groups after the COVID-19 virus was identified in Allegheny County — some asking what they can do to help, others asking what type of help they can receive.
Along with Take Action Mon Valley director Fawn Walker-Montgomery and other volunteers, Nesby has been helping to deliver toiletries, food and other donated items gathered from a drop-off site in the city hall parking lot.
Nesby said Pastor Eric Ewell and members of his church, the Divine Restoration Church of God in Christ in Duquesne, have been distributing lunches to children in the community since the governor ordered schools shut down beginning March 16.
Duquesne School District is also providing meals to students in order to support the community, said Sarah McCluan, spokeswoman for Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Meals can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Duquesne Elementary School.
“Anyone in the community can just come down, we want to make sure everyone is fed,” Nesby said.
TAMV announced on its website that it is partnering with Curt Harper and This Generation Connect to provide services to families in the Mon Valley, “based on recent events brought on by the coronavirus.”
Food, water, household products, cleaning supplies and toiletries are available to anyone in need residing in the Mon Valley area. Curbside pick-up is available at designated locations in East Pittsburgh, McKeesport and Duquesne, for “those experiencing lost wages or unemployment.”
Volunteers are offering “porch delivery” to residents if they are senior citizens (55 and older) or persons with a disability. Transportation to grocery stores, food banks or medical appointments is available. The next event is Thursday (March 26) from 5 to 7 p.m.
“If a resident doesn't have transportation, or is susceptible based on their health condition or age, we will deliver to their home, as long as supplies are available,” Nesby said.
To register, go online at www.tamv.org/events. People without computer access may register by calling (412) 440-8268.
Richard Finch Jr. is a freelance writer who covers news from a variety of communities for Tube City Almanac. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published March 25, 2020.