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Jackson County issues call for volunteers, supplies

The Jackson County Emergency Operations Center has issued a call for volunteers to help elderly and homeless residents, and to donate much-needed household supplies.

The center is in communication with people who care for vulnerable residents. Because of the coronavirus crisis, there is an immediate need for volunteers to help in a variety of ways, including completing paperwork, delivering meals to homebound seniors and carrying out other tasks.

“This valley is full of good-hearted folks who are looking for ways to help in this crisis. If you’re interested in helping, we can provide a link to vital services that need your help,” said Steve Lambert, Jackson County EOC operational group leader.

Those interested in volunteering can email Brooke Amposta at AmpostBA@JacksonCounty.org.

In addition to volunteering, people can donate a variety of supplies they might already have in their house, EOC managers said.

Simple items that make a big difference include clean, used or new ice chests; plastic and paper grocery bags; clip boards; vinyl food preparation gloves in unopened boxes; zip-close baggies of any size in unopened boxes; packaged disposable cups with lids; Clorox wipes in unopened containers; new empty spray bottles; Lysol and Clorox disinfectant; new containers of other general household cleaning products; basic hygiene supplies such as body soap, toothpaste, brushes, shampoo and deodorant; laundry detergent and new packaged pillows.

These items can be dropped off at the same location where people can donate personal protective equipment such as face masks — The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.

Drop-off times are 7-10 a.m. every day of the week.

Enter at Gate 2 and follow the signs. Donations will be collected as you drive through, keeping everyone safe from contact, EOC managers said.

For updated information, see jacksoncountyor.org.

Volunteers are needed to help vulnerable senior citizens and homeless people in Jackson County during the coronavirus crisis. Stock photo.