TAYLOR COUNTY—As more and more families find themselves losing hours at work or completely out of work at this time, Taylor County Family Resources would like to announce that they are still open to help serve families through their five pantries.
Taylor County Family Resources (TCFR) Executive Director Cathy Coontz-Griffith has reported that because they receive funding through the government, they will be keeping their doors open during this COVID-19 outbreak.
“We are taking every precaution for COVID-19, while serving our community,” she expressed.
In order to help reduce the possible spread of the virus, the organization has instituted a new protocol when serving community members.
Instead of having residents come into the facility to obtain the items needed, staffers will gather information, collect the items requested and will bring them to clients. Individuals will remain outside of the facility and if they choose to wait in their vehicles, workers will bring their items out to them.
Right now, TCFR is offering much needed services including food, diapers, formula and everyday essentials such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and feminine hygiene products.
“Unfortunately, we currently do not have any pet food or cleaning supplies for distribution,” said Coontz-Griffith. “Keep in mind that right now, many people are seeking assistance, so we cannot guarantee any items or services at this time.”
All services are rendered on a first-come, first-serve basis, and items are subject to availability.
Residents seeking assistance during these trying times, along with anytime throughout the year will need to take part in a simple registration process.
“We do not have any guidelines that have to be met,” Coontz-Griffith noted. “Individuals will need to complete a form and we will begin assisting to the best of our ability.”
She revealed that food items, baby formula and diapers may be obtained every seven days, when available.
To better assist residents in the most need, TCFR is asking those in the community who are able to, to consider making donations to their various pantries.
“Many families cannot afford to stock up, so we are asking the community to consider if you have surplus items and are willing to donate to our pantries to do so,” said TCFR’s Lisa Wotring, who also serves as the Taylor County Starting Points Director.
Items that the organization are requesting include shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wet ones, flushable wipes, baby wipes, size 4-6 diapers or pull ups, formula and pet food.
Additionally, they are seeking detergent pods, Dawn dish washing soap or other dish soaps, paper towels, Clorox or cleaning wipes and hand soaps.
“We of course are always accepting and appreciative of monetary donations, payable to TCFR,” said Wotring.
She revealed that all donations will stay local and will be directly put back into the community.
Donations can be dropped off at their Beech Street office, located between the WIC offices and Salvation Army. Checks and money orders can be mailed to Taylor County Family Resources 105 Beech Street, Grafton, WV 26354.
The office will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Tuesdasy and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
“We are not asking anyone to deplete their supplies, yet to think of those who may not have the ability to stockpile needed items,” Wotring expressed. “When purchasing items for your house, please consider throwing in a few additional items for Taylor County Family Resources. All donations would be greatly appreciated!”