STAYING CONNECTED DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING DURHAMITES ARE COMMITTED TO MAINTAINING RELATIONSHIPS WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS TO ENSURE THEIR EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL WELL-BEING
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ommunity members have banded together to help one another navigate through the COVID-19 crisis. Some organizations are pooling their resources to help health care workers and those on the front lines, and Durhamites are lending their knowledge and sharing ways to adapt to this new lifestyle in a healthy manner. Dr. Wanda Boone of the Together for Resilient Youth organization hosts educational Zoom meetings for different age groups on COVID-19 and the emotional changes caused by social distancing. “Cabin fever is real,” she says. “Getting fresh air, [a] healthy diet, dismissing automatic negative thoughts, drinking lots of water and getting lots of sleep [are helpful].” The meetings take place on Saturdays at 9 a.m. for children ages 7-12, at 10 a.m. for adults and at noon for teens ages 13-17.
Wanda and her family practice social distancing.
Darion B. White Sr., the senior pastor of Victorious Life Fellowship Church, offers “flock groups” – weekly phone conversations with ministers or deacons, meant to provide prayer and take requests for resources. The church purchases necessary goods and drops them off at community members’ doors. “One of the major ways we can help participate in our community is to continue to check up on one another,” Darion says. Darion and his team broadcast Wednesday night and Sunday morning church services on Facebook Live and YouTube. Darion also mentions other noteworthy people and organizations that are making a difference in the
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community: Herbert Davis, the senior pastor of Nehemiah Christian Center, holds a drive-thru lunch service twice a week and on Saturdays. Research Triangle Charter Academy serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday to those 18 and younger. Tammy Baggett, the library director at Durham County Library, says the library staff are reaching customers virtually and increasing its online presence with digital resources. Visit durhamcountylibrary.org for more details. “Aside from reading,” Tammy says. “I’m using this as an opportunity to capture moments in time. This has led me to return to my hobby of photography.” She’s gotten her 12-year-old niece and nephew, Isabella and Jeremiah, and niece Mya, 13, involved in a weekly photo
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