Midwest Impact Day of Service (MIDS) 2020, “Celebrating Those Who Sacrifice-Honoring Our Essential Workers”. Lansing Alumnae Chapter (LAC) identified 219 essential workers (i.e., health care providers, grocery store workers, and mail carriers). These workers’ extraordinary contributions played a crucial role in sustaining our community.
Staying home and safe was not an option for these heroes.
The number 219 is significant because it represented the number of days since the pandemic began. Sorors prepared 219 bags which included face masks, Chap Stick, hand sanitizer, hand cream, gift card, and brochures with COVID resources. Each bag was valued at $35. This couldn’t have been done without the contributions of our community partners – DRM International Learning Center, Grace Haven Assisted Living, Sparrow Health Systems, The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc., We Buy Black Lansing, Lansing Urgent Care, and Jack and Jill.
Sorors were assigned a designated location/business to do contactless deliveries to essential workers. A video was created to highlight their importance. State Rep Sarah Anthony, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope, local principal Dr. Nicole Beard, and our Chapter President Tanya Pratt shared words of gratitude.
On October 17th, LAC and our community partners shared MIDS posts on their social media platforms using hashtag #DSTMIDS2020 and #DSTMIDWESTREGION to promote awareness of our essential workers. It was an honor to celebrate those who put the health and well-being of others ahead of their own.