Vincennes/Knox County have been hit hard with the recent 80 mile per hour storm and the local economic downturn caused by COVID-19.

Like most of Vincennes, the storm left some major tree damage on our street. On the morning of April 22 there were five workers going down our street of 14 residences loading up limbs. I was surprised to see Scott Shipman, director of the Helping His Hands Disaster Response, and four of his volunteers. They are members of a non-profit Christian organization that responds when needed.

The group had two trucks and a front-end loader. They were very busy. One would assume that this organization was under contract with the city to help remove the debris. This was not the case. As a service to the citizens, they were doing the work free. When Scott and his volunteers come to your neighborhood and do some removable work, you might consider a donation to their Helping Hands organization.

Also, let us not forget our favorite local restaurants and businesses that are closed to walk in traffic due to the COVID-19. It might be a challenge for the owners to meet some of their monthly expenses without the flow of normal paying customers. I am sure that these places sell gift certificates for use in the future. Some cash now might help pay the monthly mortgage payment for the above. If you believe in the owners and the service that they provide, think about trying to help them out in their time of need.

We will all get through these challenges if we help one another.

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