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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-26-2020

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32 THE VALLEY MARCH 26-APRIL 1, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION 32 Friends and neighbors LILLY BURGESS and LUCY GILBERT, both age 10, created messages of hope for passersby this week. get through this," and "be kind." Gilbert's mother Kristen said the girls didn't realize when they started that people in other communities across the nation have been keeping spirits high with similar "chalk your walk" campaigns. Burgess said, "So many people are stressed out about the coronavirus, and it might give them a bit of cheer. It can also help people who are sick feel better and have hope that they can make it through." Burgess said she feels joyful when people read the messages. "People are so stressed out because they can't even go anywhere. It makes me feel like I am helping them feel better. I think more people should do this," she said. POSITIVITY From Page One Salvation Army continues to serve during crisis PROVIDENCE – The Salvation Army has announced that during this difficult time it is continuing to serve those in need in Rhode Island. The Salvation Army's three Rhode Island Community Centers in Providence, Pawtucket, and Newport as well as the Rhode Island Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center remain open, following a normal sched- ule, as it relates to community social services programs. Safety protocols have been implemented with staff and clients in response to COVID-19. The Salvation Army's greatest need is for additional food or monetary dona- tions to address the increased request for assistance. The Salvation Army is accepting donations at its Community Center in Pawtucket, 102 High St., and also at its Providence, and Newport, locations, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Requested items include: frozen meats (1-pound packages preferred); canned tuna and chicken; pasta and pasta sauce, canned soup, pasta, chili and stew; cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, packaged meals and side dishes, canned fruit, fruit juice, powdered milk and drink mix; unexpired baby food and formula, diapers, paper goods, gra- nola bars and breakfast bars, macaroni and cheese, rice, canned vegetables, beans, bread, peanut butter, jelly, and sugar. In order to minimize numerous people in tight, crowded spaces, soup kitchen meals will be distributed out- side of the buildings in take-out con- tainers/bags per the regular scheduled times. The client choice food pantry will be modified to distribute prepared food bags. The emergency disaster services department is coordinating with state and local leads to determine gap feed- ing needs for vulnerable populations. The mobile disaster canteens are also available to help with local request for community support, as well as to respond to local fires and disasters. Yellow Bag Day sponsored by The Valley Breeze, will be Saturday, APRIL 4 th from 8 a.m. to noon * (Begins at noon in Manville) If you can help for a few hours, please contact – CUMBERLAND: Breeze Publisher Tom Ward, tward@valleybreeze.com or (401) 334-9555, ext. 123. MANVILLE: Councilman Ken Pichette, kenpichette@gmail.com, or (401) 762-5917. Can you help remove litter From our messy roadsides? VOLUNTEERS NEEDED * While the "official" time is 8 a.m. to noon, help is welcome at all times convenient to volunteers on both Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5. Yellow Bags, donated by The Valley Breeze, are to be le curbside when filled and will be picked up in Cumberland by the town Highway Department on Monday, April 6.

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