SAN ANGELO, Texas — There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in West Texas, but organizations in the area have still been adapting their usual operations in order to practice safety precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While many people all across the globe feel disheartened, stressed or inconvenienced by these changes, Pastor Timothy Davenport-Herbst said he feels inspired by the way people have come together to help each other stay safe.
“We had first heard about people hoarding and taking toilet paper, but the real story is that people are caring for one another, they’re sharing what they have, they are comforting one another,” he said.
Davenport-Herbst, who is used to giving away free meals to the community, said he feels it's his duty as a Christian to stand with people that are vulnerable.
“Some of this is anxiety, but every person that I’ve talked to is impoverished, and they are in deep, deep need to start with. All of these folks really need assistance, so we’re trying to provide that for them," he said.
St. Paul ordinarily operates a food pantry Monday-Friday. The church also has a Christmas feeding program every year where they feed approximately 1,500 people with two weeks of groceries. Davenport-Herbst said he feels as if feeding people is in the church's DNA and they plan on doing it curbside for as long as people need.
"We are going to care for one another. All of us have the strength to do that. We all have the opportunity to be heroes and to care for one another. We need that right now," he said.
The church will be serving lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and dinner from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays. The church is asking for donations because of the recent influx of need. To donate, you can visit its website, stpaulsanangelo.org, or call 325-653-5691.