When Elizabeth Beers, director of Community Based Programs at Socorro General Hospital, asked for support for Socorro County residents served by the hospital, they poured in from people she knew — and many she didn’t — across the country.
“We are so grateful to be able to help these families,” Beers said. “This is an example of the love and goodness that is emerging during the COVID-19 epidemic.”
Staff and clinicians at Socorro General Hospital have also experienced an incredible outpouring of appreciation from the community.
“Community members have been absolutely amazing,” said Veronica Pound, hospital chief executive at Socorro General Hospital. “They have donated food – including 96 boxes of girl scout cookies – and written positive messages on the sidewalk outside our facility. One church group spent an evening honking their horns every time one of our staff members came inside. We are so appreciative of all of this support.”
The supplies that Community Based Programs received for Socorro County families include items like diapers, wipes, school supplies, books, cleaning supplies, beans and rice. Items are packed in boxes and are being left outside homes of families served by Socorro General Hospital’s Home Visiting and Infant Mental Health Programs. Families live in northern Socorro County, Veguita, the Alamo Navajo Indian Reservation, other rural areas of the county and the City of Socorro.
Home visitors know the families well, so each box is tailored to their needs, Beers said. She anticipates that donated supplies will eventually fill about 100 boxes.
She added that families have additional needs while children are home from school and adults face economic uncertainty. Home visiting programs are available for free to families with children from prenatal to three years old.
To donate to Socorro County families, call 575-835-8791 or email Beers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional items that would be welcomed include cleaning supplies, family games, art supplies and outdoor activities like jump rope and bubbles.