Local leaders provide for elderly during trying times
By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
In the midst of these trying times, brought upon by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), people of Cuero are coming together to give back to their neighbors and those in need. Cuero Fire Department Lt. Cory Mekush recently had the idea of doing something for some senior citizens in the community.
With the support of DeWitt County Emergency Management Coordinator, Cyndi Smith, they were able to prepare boxes of food and household necessities for those in need. Last Saturday morning, March 21, Mekush, Smith, firefighter David Crowley, Jennifer Mekush, Avery Carlow and Brighton Sitka put together and delivered these boxes of food throughout the Cuero community.
With the support of HEB, who allowed them to purchase more for their cause, they were able to provide some much-needed items, including bread, water, fruit and some toilet paper, just to name few.
“It’s kind of uncharted territory, as far as keeping the elderly out of the stores and keeping distance from each other,” Mekush said.
“There had to be something that needs to be done for the elderly and the people with underlying health conditions, keeping them out of the store because of the exposure they would get there.”
This was simply an effort to keep some of the at risk seniors away from the public where they could become infected. Even though Mekush and Smith are city and county employees, respectively, this was not paid for by the city or county. It was something they chose to provide themselves.
“We hope this brings awareness to keep the at risk group of people, our seniors at home and safe from the spread of the Coronavirus,” Smith said.
“We hope it remind others that are healthy to check on their family, neighbors and friends that are in the at risk group and do what they can to keep everyone safe and stop the spread of the COVID-19.”
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