Liberians Organize To Help Community During Covid-19 Outbreak
Members of the Liberian community are coming together to provide relief during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Facebook group “Lib Covid-19 Taskforce Helping America Heal Again” was launched about three weeks ago to give aid to the elderly and people in need. The group partnered with Brooklyn United Methodist Church in Brooklyn Center.
On Saturday, several volunteers battled the rain as they dropped off necessities.
“This is not limited to only Liberians or the elderly folks, this is everybody,” said organizer Denise Togbah.
The Maple Grove resident says she heard about people needing food and other items and wanted to help. So, she and her kids went shopping.
“We started buying things, tissues, paper towels, cleaning supplies, bleach,” said Togbah.
Her campaign to help others grew after the Liberian native posted on Facebook about the need in the community.
“So far, we’ve probably collected two thousand items and about $300,” Togbah said.
She says she knows firsthand what it’s like to do without the essentials.
“Once upon a time, my kids and I were homeless. I’ve got five boys, and I’m a single parent. And I have people reach out to me, that helped me. Some people paid for my rent for six months. They furnished my apartment and everything,” said Togbah.
Now, she wants to pay it forward.
“I feel this is the best way of giving back. I have to be a blessing to somebody, too.”
The group is still looking for volunteers and donations. You can reach them via the Facebook page.