Announcement No. 4
Emergency Contingency Planning Committee
Rutgers Community Christian Church
March 25, 2020
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
‘So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.’
– Galatians 6:10
This information will be kept updated on our website.
The Community Service Ministry at RCCC encourages you to participate in the fight against COVID-19. Community members are impacted by shutdowns and health care professionals and community responders are being challenged daily due to inadequate supply of protective gear, shortage of blood and financial support.
Here are some ways you can help:
1. Continue Worshiping and Tithing
The number one thing we can do in a crisis is to continue to lean on Christ. Details about online Sunday Worship are available here. You can also listen to the sermon archive. See Ways to Give for ways to continue your tithe.
Community Groups are meeting online. Contact your Community Group leader for details.
2. Deacon Fund Donation
The Deacon Fund is used at the discretion of the executive board to provide relief to RCCC members. The fund will be used for relief such as assisting members who have lost jobs due to shutdowns and providing relief for those who become ill.Donations can be made directly to RCCC, with the note “Deacon Fund”. See Ways to Give for details on giving. Checks mailed to the church will be delayed indefinitely due to the closure of the office.
3. Protective Equipment Donation for hospitals and first responders
N95, surgical, and similar masks are in great demand, along with eye protectors, gloves and gowns. If you already have such materials they can be put to good use. Do not purchase new materials as supply chains are already reacting to the current need.
- Brand new N95 Masks
- Brand new Surgical / Medical Masks (3 to 4 layers)
- Brand New P100 masks / Air Purifying Respirators
- Nitrile gloves (any size)
- Coveralls / tyvek suits / medical gowns
- Face shields / Goggles
- P100 masks / Air Purifying Respirators
Only unexpired items will be accepted. There is a preference for items manufactured in the United States.
Ship items via priority mail to:
Attn: Operation Hometown Hero / Resource Management Unit
225 Lawton Avenue,
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
Items will be distributed according to need. Priority will be given to hospitals and healthcare workers.
4. Financial Donation for first responders
The New Jersey Asian American Law Enforcement Officers Association (Emergency Management Division) in partnership with New Jersey State Emergency Support Function Agencies (Dept of Health, Depart of Human Services) is making bulk purchases of Personal Protective Equipment (e.g., masks). Items will be given directly to hospital workers and first responders. Donations can be made through PayPal.
5. Blood Donation
Blood and platelet donors are urgently needed. Please check for a blood drive. COVID-19 precautions are in place for donors. As the Red Cross says, “One of the most important things you can do to ensure we don’t have another health care crisis on top of coronavirus is to give now”.
6. Food Donation
The Food Pantry at Zarephath Christian Church remains open despite the closures of many other places serving low-income families. Drive-through food donations can be made Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am to noon. Call upon arrival and a staff member or volunteer will pick up the items from your vehicle. See My Neighbors Pantry or Facebook for items needed.
As a result of store closings and the need to maintain social distance many at-risk people are currently unable to run errands; to purchase food, pick up medicine, or perform other tasks. The church is working on ways to match those in need with volunteers. In the meantime If you know of someone with a need, please offer to help.