COVID Virus and The Gibson Center

Dear Gibson Friends,

Here’s an update on where we are on the last weekend of March, 2020.

CONGREGATE MEALS: Take advantage of this! We have takeout meals available for seniors Monday through Friday from our Dining Room door off the parking lot from 11:30 to 12:15. We’ve seen a lot of our regular friends, so if you haven’t come by, please do. Unfortunately, we have to ask that you grab the meal and go and not linger in the breezeway.

MEALS ON WHEELS: Meal Delivery is continuing each weekday. We are VERY grateful to those folks who are getting them out. We are definitely seeing a need for more volunteer drivers!! If you’d like to help, please call the Gibson Center at 603-356-3231 and ask for Becky or Barbara. They will give you all the details. You’ll need to be able to pass a background check. If you would like a meal delivered to you, again, call Becky or Barbara. And if you know someone who needs or wants a meal, please have them call.

TRANSPORTATION: We are continuing to offer transportation for medical related trips for seniors and those with disabilities. Please give us the usual 24 hour minimum notice. We know a lot of appointments are getting changed around, but let us know. And FYI, after any trip, the bus is being completely wiped down with disinfectant. Best smelling bus in the land!

THRIFT SHOP: The Thrift Shop is closed until further notice. This also means we CAN NOT TAKE DONATIONS until we reopen. Oh yes, WE CAN NOT TAKE DONATIONS UNTIL WE REOPEN! We wish we could, but we absolutely can not.

IN GENERAL: Our building remains closed to the public until further notice. We have split our staff in half so that we are working alternating days. This is to limit any exposure to the whole staff.

We are making an effort to reach out to all our regular Gibson users on the phone. We miss them and want to know how everyone is doing. If you’re isolated and beginning to feel it, please call. You are not alone. Please also consider calling friends, for them as well as you. If you read something or heard something online that made you feel better, PLEASE share it with friends (and us!). Actor Patrick Stewart is reading Shakespeare’s sonnets on Facebook. Musicians are giving online concerts. There are church services, meditation and yoga and things that will make you smile. Read “Winnie the Pooh”—even outloud to yourself. There’s the audio book service Audible. And Librivox, which is free. Being scared is okay; but it doesn’t have to rule us.

CALL US: 603-356-3231. Check for updates on our Facebook page or website, gibsoncenter.org.

Please take care of yourself and family, friends and neighbors…and people you don’t even know.

VOLUNTEERING TO HELP OLDER RESIDENTS OF MT. WASHINGTON VALLEY!!

The Gibson Center has been overwhelmed by the response from our neighbors looking to help deliver Meals on Wheels in northern Carroll County. We currently have an excellent group of people and we THANK YOU hugely.

BUT…there are needs that we aren’t in a position to help with. Our friends at Carroll County RSVP need drivers for non-emergency medical transportation, and pick ups for groceries and prescriptions. They will discuss virus safety protocols and background vetting when you call.

If you can help, please call RSVP at 603-356-9331.

Thanks and tell them Gibson sent you!

George Cleveland
Executive Director
March 27, 1:25 PM

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