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Helping Others In Need During Covid-19

by Rick DeTroye, LAc, MAcOM

Helping Others In Need During Covid-19, Rick DeTroye L.Ac. LLC in Northeast Portland, OR

Chicory   Columbia Sough, Portland, OR   August 2, 2020

I'm not sure how many of you read Street Roots, Portland's award-winning, weekly street newspaper? I try to buy one from each vendor I come across, even if I've already bought the same issue. All the vendors have a history of living on the streets and buying a paper is one way of lending support and helping them choose a different life. Besides that, the newspaper also prints some great stories.

Recently, I read a Street Roots feature about Lana Jack, a member of the Celilo Wyam tribe who is gathering and distributing supplies for Columbia Gorge tribal members dealing with Covid-19. These people live at traditional fishing sites along the river in poverty level conditions and, like many Native Americans, have limited access to running water and medical supplies. As many of you may know, indigenous people have experienced some heavy hits from Covid-19, with some of the highest per capita infection percentages, as well as mortality rates, in the U.S. Lana is trying to make sure Columbia tribal members have a fighting chance during the pandemic by delivering masks, hand sanitizer, soap, gloves, sheets, towels, bleach and laundry detergent.

Here is a link to the Street Roots article about Lana Jack:
https://www.streetroots.org/news/2020/05/17/celilo-wyam-activist-delivers-relief-indigenous-villages-columbia-river

For many of us, the Gorge is a special place. I've always felt a deep connection there. Now, I also recognize a need to help it's original inhabitants, who were sadly displaced by the damming of the Columbia River and the politics that ensued. These people still lack social support and I'd like to lend a hand.

I'm sending out this email to ask for your assistance in doing this. Through the end of August, I will be accepting donations of PPE and sundry cleaning supplies at my office. I'm also happy do the legwork of buying supplies if anyone wants to contribute a cash donation. To be clear, there is no non-profit organization connected with this endeavor, so I can't reciprocate your generosity with a tax break. I'm just trying to offer help to as many people as possible and your donations can help me do this. It will definitely give us both a good feeling to do this and, right now, we can all stand to feel good about something!

Here are items I will be accepting at the office:
- unused cloth or paper protective face masks
- hand sanitizer in any size bottles
- liquid soap in any size bottles
- liquid bleach in any size bottles
- nitrile or vinyl medical grade gloves
- clean used or new bed sheets of any size
- clean used or new towels of any size
- laundry detergent.

I've already received a kind offer of discounts on masks from Dana Herbert Accessories and Dana has also offered a number of factory seconds masks at no charge. I will be contributing these masks, as well as other supplies on the list. Please check out Dana's masks the next time you're at New Seasons or online at www.danaherbert.com. Her masks are well made and quite beautiful. And for every mask she sells, one dollar is contributed to Oregon Food Bank.

You don't have to be a current patient to join this effort. I will welcome any and all contributions, no matter how large or small. Please help me make this happen.

Also, if you have friends or family members who would be interested in contributing, they can call me at 503-484-3513 for more information.

As always, I hope everyone is doing well. Remember to wear a face mask (wash it daily and make sure it covers your nose), wash your hands and face frequently, maintain social distance, minimize social contacts with others and do whatever you can to promote a healthy immune system!

Lastly, thank you for your continued business and support through this challenging time. I value and appreciate all of you!