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Help for the Homebound During COVID-19

Field Report by Lauryn Vickers

NORTH CAROLINA, USAJeri, homebound due to COVID-19, is no stranger to healthcare. The 76-year-old woman lives with her husband who has diabetes. She now serves as his main caretaker, but before that, she devoted 43 years of her life to nursing.

“I loved loving on people,” Jeri said. “I took it not only as a calling, but as a mission.”

That is why, when COVID-19 hit the United States, Jeri took it very seriously. Her decades spent as a medical professional resulted in her heeding the CDC guidelines very carefully. Since Jeri and her husband are in the age group most at-risk of contracting coronavirus, they have been extremely careful to avoid public places at this time. The end result is she is homebound due to COVID-19, making it difficult to get out for critical items like groceries.

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Reaching Out To Homebound Families

But thanks in large part to generous friends like you, Operation Blessing partner Grace and Truth Community Church in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, is feeding their area and blessing vulnerable homebound families like Jeri and her husband! They hold weekly food distributions for those in need, as well as home deliveries for those avoiding public gatherings. Grace and Truth pastor Keith Smith has seen how much of a blessing your gift has been for the community.

“Thank God for you!” Pastor Keith said. “We are so glad for what God has placed on your heart. The benefits are spreading further than you can imagine.”

Jeri is one of the recipients who has received groceries at her home when she cannot make it to the weekly distributions. The supplies have made an abundance of difference to her family, while also protecting their health at this vulnerable time. Thank you for your heart to see Jeri, her husband, and so many others cared for in a responsible and safe way!

“Thank you for your giving!” Jeri said. “I am thankful to God; it’s wonderful!”

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