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Red Cross and Salvation Army among groups supporting communities through pandemic

INDIANAPOLIS- To help flatten the curve of Covid-19, one organization is launching a campaign called #DoMyPart to raise awareness of how everyone can help play a part in fighting against the pandemic that has stopped daily routines, shaken the economy and taken many lives.

The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross, which serves 87 counties across the state, began #DoingMyPart to supplement Indiana's recently launched campaign, #INthistogether, and helps identifies tasks all Hoosiers can do in their daily routines to prevent further spread the virus.

The campaign has been translated into at least six languages, including Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Hakha Chin and Spanish, to help ensure everyone understands and that other important organizations, such as the Immigrant Welcome Center, help communicate with every immigrant-facing region in the state.

"Our determination for chosen these languages were based on our demographics across the state," said Duchess Adjei communication director for American Red Cross, Indiana Region. "After the country Burma, Indiana is next with the most populated amount of people who speak Burmese. A lot of them are on the southside of Indianapolis and in Fort Wayne."

Actions the campaign promotes for all Hoosiers to do include are:

Check in with loved ones and other in a safe way. Checking in by call, text, or email allows communication while keeping the distance.

Stay home if an individual is not feeling well at all. Self-quarantining in a room helps take care of the other around the household.

Wash and scrub hands clean with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Practice social distancing. Stay at least six feet away from others when out in public areas.

Try donating blood. Even if appointments are temporarily unavailable, sign up weeks and months in advance at RedCrossBlood.org. This can help many Hoosiers who are in need of blood for many reasons.

"We encourage individuals to really lean into this campaign because it is unique in the fact it is multilingual," Adjei said. "We are really pleased with our work here and we encourage engagement."

Two big organizations, The Salvation Army and Midwest Food Bank, have teamed up together to help do their part and supply Hoosiers in need with food.

Last week, the two organizations took shelf-stable items and created more than 10,000 food packages to send out to Hoosiers in need. To help store this large amount of food, the Midwest Food Bank and Lucas Oil Stadium staff have teamed up to allow the space when storing the packages.

Some of those packages will go to people who are in need because of the pandemic—those who worked in the service and recreation industries and lost their jobs and incomes.

The Salvation Army, for example, has typically relied on senior citizens for help, but those people are at a higher risk category and are unable to volunteer during the COVID-19 outbreak.

"We have been working with companies like Williams Comfort Air who have staff that are not able to go into people's home, but are committed to doing good work, so they have come along side us to leverage their staff to help us pack the 10,000 boxes at Lucas Oil," said Lt. Vinal Lee, senior pastor and incident commander leader of The Salvation Army's disaster response team in Indiana.

The Salvation Army's traditional food pantries have shifted to drive-throughs with pre-packed boxes, and the feeding programs have a "take-out" style hot meal for those in need. With making the 10,000 boxes at Lucas Oil Stadium, this will help food programs reach more households over the next several weeks.

Hoosiers can get involved with all organizations by volunteering and can participate in #DoingMyPart by going to redcross.org/doingmypart or text 'coronavirus' to 90999 to donate.

Lacey Watt is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.