Kilgore Police Department and Kilgore’s Clergy and Police Alliance are reaching out to the Kilgore community to help the city’s most vulnerable citizens stay safe during the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
Announced on Monday, KPD and CAPA will be delivering essential supplies, including groceries, prescription medications and mail to Kilgoreites who are elderly, medically fragile or have a weakened immune system.
People with these conditions are especially vulnerable to infection from the coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease it causes.
“The program began this morning at 8 a.m. and will end daily at noon, Monday-Friday. CAPA is not accepting donations as far as I know, but anyone who would like to volunteer to assist is welcome to do so. The point of contact for CAPA is Mr. Jonathan Latham, Police Chaplain and Victim Services Coordinator for the Kilgore Police Department,” said KPD Asst. Chief Johnathan Gage on Tuesday.
Those who wish to use the service and who need help with pickup and delivery of essential items may call 903-218-5122. Phones are answered weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Those interested may also call 903-984-2928 to leave a message.
The service is limited to errand runs only and items are to be paid for by the requestor, according to a KPD flyer.
While KPD officers will be handling the pickups and deliveries, volunteers are standing by to answer calls from the community.
Grady Hassner was answering phones Tuesday morning and said no one had yet called to take advantage of the service.
Officers will pick up and deliver “groceries, pharmaceutical things, anything like that,” Hassner said, adding more people may begin to use the service as news of it is shared community-wide.
“We haven’t had any calls yet. I guess it hasn’t really gotten out yet.”
Hassner said KPD officers will be notified of the items needed for pickup and delivery by volunteers as they receive calls and will make deliveries later in the day.
“I think what they’re planning on doing is, any calls we get in the morning, the police officers will pick up the groceries and make the deliveries in the afternoon.”
Hassner, a schoolteacher, said Latham had a list of volunteers which is currently full but spots may open up in the days ahead.
“We’re going to volunteer as long as we don’t have to be at school,” he said, adding volunteer positions may open up if local schools reopen.
For more information or to inquire about volunteering, contact Jonathan Latham at 903-218-6926.