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A big "Thank you!" to all who helped pack and deliver meals at Food To Go this week! Fidalgo Island Rotary members were able to pack and delivery more than 140 meals this past Thursday to students in the district who could not get regular meals from the district's food service program. 
Food To Go is a local nonprofit started in 2015 that provide supplemental meals to students in need during evenings and weekends. During the pandemic, Food To Go will provide 130 supplemental meals in backpacks to children in the community each week. 
Previously, Fidalgo Island Rotary voted to provide monetary support to Food To Go to help support these meals during the emergency school closures in the form of $1,200 matching grant. Three other area clubs committee to do the same. 
Thanks to all who volunteered their time to do a little good in their neighborhood!
This month, the Fidalgo Island Rotary International Committee sent $2,300 to our sister club in Copán Ruinas, Honduras, to help provide COVID-19 relief. Due to a lockdown in Honduras, most banks, restaurants and businesses have completely closed. The area has imposed a strict "stay home" order, which keeps citizens indoors most of the day. People have been severely affected by job loss, due the the collapse in tourism and the severe shutdown measures in place in the town, as well as loss of income and access to savings. To help, the Rotary Club of Copán Ruinas developed a food bag for about $11 that should feed a family for about two weeks. Funds from FIR's International Committee helped purchase supplies and food for these bags. 
In response, the president of the Rotary Club of Copán Ruinas sent the below email: 
Dear Walt:
I am pleased to greet you. I wish you and your family are doing very good.
Through this letter, I want to express, in the name of my Rotarian colleagues and myself our most sincere gratitude for the support you recently provided. Especially because this situation has generated an economic paralysis in our communities. 
You may rest assured that these resources will be distributed as food to the most vulnerable communities of our towns. We will keep you informed of the distribution.
Once again Please receive our gratitude, in the name of the people in the communities, my colleagues, and myself. 
Sincerely ,
Mayra Arias de Welchez
Rotary Club
Copán  Ruinas, Copán
At the end of March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was already well-known in the United States. Many states and regions were locked down, with large outbreaks of cases in major cities. Even those areas and hospitals with the most advanced technologies were finding it difficult to keep up with the demand for treatments and testing. As Fidalgo Island Rotarians watched as local medical professionals begin to grapple with the pandemic, our thoughts turned to sister cities, such as Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where we knew a lack of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies could greatly hinder the emergency responses to the COVID-19 outbreak in that area, and have dire consequences for the population there. 
This month, the Fidalgo Island Rotary international committee worked with other Rotary clubs and donors to pay to reroute a shipping container full of supplies (including masks, antiseptics, cotton-tipped swaps, oxygen tubing and more) from a warehouse in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Ouagadougou. The container was originally bound for maternity clinics in the southwest of the country, but seeing a great need, FIR authorized Ouagadougou to use the PPE and other supplies to help with COVID-19 relief efforts. In the above photo, the president of the Rotary Club of Ouagadougou poses with medical supplies while unloading the container.
Click to see more photos of the transport being unloaded and a donation ceremony, and read a message from the Rotary Club in Ouagadougou. 
The Fidalgo Island Rotary board voted over email/telephone this week to provide a grant to Food To Go, a local nonprofit that provides meals for children. During the pandemic, Food To Go will provide 130 supplemental meals in backpacks to children in the community each week. Four clubs in the region, including ours, will pay a total of $5,000 to support this program during the COVID-19 pandemic, with each club paying $1,250. This is a matching grant, so our donation of $1,250 will be matched, making FIR's total donation $2,500. 
Food To Go Anacortes is a weekend backpack food program for Anacortes students that launched in September of the 2015/16 school year. It's goal is to provide healthy and nutritious supplemental weekend meals for those children in our community that don’t have enough to eat over the weekend in order to improve their health and their ability to learn. To learn more, click here.
During this time, Food To Go is also seeking volunteers. For questions about the program or to volunteer, contact Bill French. 
Container to Burkina Faso - AID for CORVID-19
We have been discussing the Coronavirus CORVID-19 pandemic and it looks like it is on the threshold of Burkina Faso. As of today, the World Health Organization reported 114 confirmed cases and 3 deaths in Burkina Faso. I am sure there are already many more people infected because the statistics are only those confirmed by testing - and how available in Burkina Faso right now?
So, we looked over the manifest inventory for the container you just received and there are a lot of Personal Protection Equipment items in there and more. We sent as much extra as we could, in order to fill the container. This might be a tremendous bonus to you and your country.
The boxes in the container are numbered and you will find the contents of each box in the inventory list. There are many masks (most important for COVID-19), some gowns, lots of gloves, as well as antiseptics (Betadine, povidone iodine, Hibiclens, etc.), cotton-tipped applicators (for taking swab samples for testing) and oxygen tubing plus masks. And much more.
Using the box numbers, you should be able to locate needed items quickly for distribution to hospitals and clinics.
New York City would be envious of this supply.
You need to get masks and gloves out to hospitals and clinics to protect your health care workers especially - many are getting infected in Spain and Italy (and China) - and many are dying.
I only wish we could be there with you to help your Rotary club sort and distribute these life-saving items.
Walt and I will make a video-story of this project soon (when we can be in the same room together) and send it to you.
Stay well,
Steve Miller
Fidalgo Island Rotary Club
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