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Lancaster Compassion During Coronavirus

Lancaster County Businesses, Individuals Help Others

We love seeing examples of how individuals and businesses in our community reach out in times of need to help others less fortunate.  We thought we’d list a couple examples here so you can see what others are doing. Maybe it will trigger an idea of something you or your family or business can do to help others.

In the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), Jesus told the story of a man who was beaten, robbed, and left lying along the road. Two prominent people walked by on the other side of the road and did nothing to help. But then a good Samaritan found him, bandaged his wounds, and put him up in an inn overnight, paying for all his expenses. Jesus concluded the parable by saying, “You go, and do likewise.”

We all need to ask what we can do to reach out in love to meet the needs of those around us.  If you  know of someone who is doing something now to help our community please let us know so we we can share it here.

 

Examples From the Lancaster Community

It has been so encouraging to see how many in the community are stepping up to help out neighbors and strangers alike.  One of the many examples of this is how the local Amish community is coming together to sew thousands of  masks to be distributed throughout Lancaster County.

 

How Some Lancaster Businesses & Organizations are Helping

Maybe some of these examples will give us ideas of what we could do to help others in this time of need.

Hands-On House Children’s Museum of Lancaster

721 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-569-KIDS

Grab and Go Stem Challenge: We assembled over 100 activity kits for kids. We drove up and down the streets of Lancaster city (near the prison and surrounding community) in the Hands-on House van with the back of the van open. As we would see adults, we’d ask them to take one from the back. Big hit! People really appreciated it. This week we are assembling about 600 more to be distributed over the next two next weeks. We’ll see if our budget enables us to continue.   Visit website

Hands-On House Children’s Museum of Lancaster

721 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-569-KIDS

Birthday Visits: With the excitement in the eyes of the kids and disbelief and tears in the eyes of the parents, the Hands-on House van pulls in front of homes with the horn beeping. I’d walk to the front door and leave activity kits and even a few super hero capes and ring the bell (and run!). My boys would be at a safe distance near the van and as the birthday child came out, we’d sing happy birthday and point out the activity kits. What a great memory for everyone!    Visit website

House of Pizza

23 W Chestnut St, Lancaster, PA 17603,  717-393-1747

With schools closed and so many kids not having access to their daily lunch provided by the schools. The House of Pizza would like to provide a free slice of pizza and drink for all school-age kids. Students stop in Monday-Friday between 11-1 and ask for your school lunch. Unfortunately, you’ll have to take it to go. We will do this until 4/3. Please feel free to stop in. Stay safe and stay healthy.  Visit Website

Red Rose Transit Authority

45 Erick Road, Lancaster, PA 17601,  717-397-5613

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, RRTA will implement a “Rear Door Entry Policy” for all routes. If anyone does need assistance and needs to use the front door they will be allowed.  Please ask the driver to activate the kneeler. Also, on March 23, 2020, RRTA will not collect fares.  Free Fares will begin Monday, March 23rd and continue until further notice.  Visit Website

Scarlett Runner Catering

2467 A Lititz Pike,     Lancaster, PA 17601,    717-208-7607

Offering food for pick-up and delivery to provide you, your friends, and family delicious sustenance. Deliveries and Pick-up on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 12:00 and 4:00 PM. All orders must be submitted by 2:00 PM the day prior to delivery/pick-up. Also taking meals to Water Street Mission, Boys & Girls Club, and others. If you have any suggestions or know of people in need, please contact us.  Visit website

Water Street Ministries

210 S. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17604, 717-393-7709

We provide practical expressions of God's love by Educating young children, Equipping teens in our cities, Providing healthcare for the working poor, and Providing rescue and renewal for homeless men, women, and children. As Pennsylvania has increased its restrictions on non-life-sustaining businesses, Water Street remains open to serve those in our care. We have adapted our operations to ensure that we are minimizing social contact and maintaining the healthiest possible environment for our guests and staff. In this season, we continue to rely on the prayers and generosity of our community to be able to serve our most vulnerable neighbors.    Visit website

Align Pregnancy Services Lancaster

(Formerly Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services, with 5 branch locations .)
Lebanon Pregnancy Services, 132 S 8th Street, Lebanon, PA 17042, 717-274-0600

We hand-package and deliver diapers, formula, and baby wipes according to each family’s situation, then offer to pray with them. Your partnership and prayers enable us to serve people on the frontlines of this new battle in the powerful, life-saving name of Jesus. Align offers help for unplanned pregnancies in Lancaster County, PA.  Free services include pregnancy tests, pregnancy ultrasounds (limited 1st trimester), medically accurate information about local abortion clinics, prenatal and options education, parenting classes/support, a baby boutique, post-abortion support, and community support referrals.   Visit website

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