City of Sturgis launches community initiative

STURGIS, S.D. — Communities across the world are joining together to support one another during this difficult time, and Sturgis is no different.

The City of Sturgis has formulated the Sturgis Good Deeds program to provide home delivery services to elderly and high risk residents. Home deliveries would include groceries, toiletries, cleaning supplies and other household necessities. Resources such as books, audio and video from the library could also be included.

“Our goal is to keep everybody that’s health compromised or the elderly home,” Tammy Even, Sturgis Legal and Administrative Assistant said. “And that’s not just the elderly, it’s anybody that’s young, that has an immune deficiency, or their child has an immune deficiency.”

While social distancing is in effect, delivery services have become vital, but stores have also been working to make shopping easier for the elderly. 

“I’m very proud to say that several of our local retailers have established senior hours in the morning, so that seniors are able to go in when it’s not quite as crowded so that they can purchase everything,” Daniel Ainslie, Sturgis City Manager said. “Again, any of those seniors though can call our library and we’d be happy to do the shopping for them, so even then they don’t need to go out.”

The plan is to offer same day delivery pending the number of orders and volunteers available. The delivery carries a $50 limit per order, although participants may order as many times as they like.

Along with the Good Deeds program, the city will maintain closure of the Sturgis Library, community center and auditorium, as well as limiting the risk of exposure by streaming city council meetings and offering online and box drop off utility billing.

“Stay safe, and please use the services, and especially for everyone, please check in on their neighbors,” Ainslie said. “You can stay a safe distance away, but make sure that they’re looking at their neighbors and making sure everyone’s okay.”

For those in need of the delivery service, the Sturgis Library will be taking orders between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Monday – Friday or 8:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. on Saturday.

Prospective volunteers may reach out to Tammy Even at at 605-347-4422 ext. 207.

Categories: Coronavirus, Local News, South Dakota News

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