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Non-profit delivers food and supplies to immigrant families battling COVID-19

Posted at 8:01 PM, Jul 22, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Community Response Coalition of Kentucky (CRCKY) will be delivering more than 200 homemade masks throughout the week to immigrant families who are fighting the coronavirus.

The deliveries are a combined effort between the CRCKY, Casa de la Cultura, and Foundation for Latin American and Latinx Culture and Arts (FLACA).

“FLACA has a little more money for food baskets. Casa de la Cultura has a few more volunteers. CRCKY has the clients. We all are pieces of a puzzle that fit nicely together,” said CRCKY President Dominique Olbert.

The CRCKY provides several forms of aid to immigrants, but are prioritizing mask and food deliveries to immigrant families quarantined because of COVID-19, according to Olbert.

“We know that they’re hardworking and for a lot of them asking for assistance is really painful to them in many cases. But it’s a pandemic. It really is a once in a lifetime event and that’s why you have friends and family to help and that’s us,” Olbert said.

Olbert said when people move to a new place, their support network automatically shrinks and for immigrants, it can make isolating difficult. The deliveries are helping to bridge the gap, in people’s time of need.

“We have a lot of folks who believe that even if they have COVID, if they’re relatively functional and if they put on a mask, they can go and pick up groceries,” Olbert said. “We will bring you some. Whatever you need to stay and observe quarantine we will help you.”

Immigrant families can call the CRCKY’s hotline at 1-800-674-9217 for help. You can also find more resources on their website.