CASPER, Wyo. — Since the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus reached Wyoming, multiple Casper area restaurant have been donating food to the Wyoming Rescue Mission, which serves homeless men, women and children in the community.
While the rescue mission has expressed gratitude for support from these businesses (detailed below), the mission said on Wednesday, March 25 that they still are in need of more donations of food and other items. Items in need include:
- Yellow cheese
- Sliced cheese
- Fruits & veggies (preferably #10 cans)
- CDC-approved disinfectants & wipes
The mission says they are also in need of “able bodied, health strong people” to help sort through donations at the Rescued Treasures Thrift Shop.
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That thrift shop has also limited hours due to the COVID-19 situation. They are open from 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday.
“Please know that our staff sanitizes high-traffic areas hourly, though we still recommend customers maintain a 6-foot distance from other shoppers,” the mission says. “Every dollar spent at Rescued Treasures Thrift Shop goes to support our emergency efforts to serve the homeless and the hungry.”
In recent weeks, multiple restaurants have donated food to feed guests at the mission.
“Oh, our guests are being treated for lunch today,” the mission said on Wednesday. “Thank you to Pizza Ranch It’s entities like you that are helping us keep our 140 homeless and hungry men, women and children housed and fed.
Similar posts in recent weeks have included:
- “Who doesn’t love bacon, buns, lettuce and peanuts. Our 140 guests sure do. Thank you to Five Guys for stocking up our kitchen — and our guests’ bellies.”
- “Thank you so much to FireRock Steakhouse and Johnson Restaurant Group for their generous donation of produce, dairy, deli meats, and bread. You’ve abundantly blessed the women, men, and children we’re currently caring for. That’s 140 people you’re helping by providing meals and shelter. Together, we stand in the gap. Thank you & God bless.”
- “Thank you so much to Little shop of Burgers for providing sack lunches for our guests to have the nourishment they need, especially during this worrisome time. We love our community, and we love that our community loves us back.”
- “We are so blessed and God is so good. Thank you Cliff and Restoration Church for donating 30 frozen turkeys and fresh produce to our Park Street Center. Our guests are going to dine in style for a while.”
Some donations have been anonymous.
“Though the gift of some 50 gallons of milk was anonymous, we want to shout from the rooftops our ‘Thank you’ to whomever it was who donated so much of such a staple item,” the mission said. “Have we said lately how blessed we feel?”
Wyoming Rescue Mission Director Brad Hopkins issued the following statement on March 16:
In this uncertain time, a time of emergency the COVID-19 pandemic, I want you to know that Wyoming Rescue Mission is committed to serving the most vulnerable people in our community, just as we have for the past 42 years. We care deeply about the men, women, and families who come to the Mission for meals, shelter, and programs.
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds and changes by the minute we are asking our community for support. Here are some of our most critical needs:
1. We need brave volunteers to help us serve meals to our guests and participants. Do not volunteer if you are over 65 or have health issues
2. Donate food at Park Street Center
3. Donate Financially
More info at www.wyomission.org
I have called on our staff as never before to dig deeper, to do more to help in this trying time. If you can dig deeper, join us in this fight in whatever way you can to help our most vulnerable neighbors. We covet your prayers. Thank you.Wyoming Rescue Mission
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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.
If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.
Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.
For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.