The coronavirus has been a challenge for all in our community. As a grandmother and the primary caregiver for two of my grandsons, I can say without a doubt that it takes a village to raise our children, and the coronavirus has created a sense of isolation and stress that takes a toll on families.
As primary caregiver to my grandsons, I’m known as a kinship caregiver. Kinship care is when people like myself, a grandparent, relative, or close friend, take in a loved ones children in order to keep them out of foster care.
In normal times, you can imagine the adjustment that has to happen. Going from relative independence to becoming a parent again overnight is a lot for anyone. But we do it because we love our families and want our grandchildren to grow up knowing their roots, family history, and have a sense of belonging.
Now imagine having kids that are starting over in the time of the coronavirus. Everything has been changed. For example, I’m 68 and have preexisting conditions that put me in a higher risk category, yet I’m taking care of two teenage grandsons. I don’t want to put them at risk, so I go to the grocery store, wear a mask, and walk the neighborhood to stay healthy. I’m constantly encouraging my grandsons but also teaching them that social distancing is here to stay and we need to be smart about how we react to this virus.
Knowing what I went through when I first took in my grandchildren, to walking through a global pandemic with them, I want to encourage all in our community to reach out for help if you need it. If you are a kinship caregiver, there is a wonderful local nonprofit called HALOS that has virtual support groups, offers assistance,and will always connect you with the right resources. For me, HALOS has been a lifesaver. From Back-to-School events to Christmas gift drives, HALOS has always been there for me and never turned me away.
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○ On Monday, DHEC announced1,226 new cases of coronavirus and 17 additional deaths in SC. That brings the total number of cases in SC of COVID-19 to 82,071, and the total deaths to 1,452.
○MUSC Healthannounced they are facing limited COVID-19 testing resources, which include humans + materials. Key issues the hospital is experiencing include critical supplies for tests(“specialized pipette tips”), qualified medical technicians to perform tests, biomedical technicians + outside reference labs for additional testing. (WCBD)
○ Due to economic issues related to the coronavirus, more than a dozen Charleston-area private schools received at least $8.75 million. Gov. Henry McMaster announced last week that these educational institutions could possibly receive millions more under a plan that allocates federal aid to expand private school vouchers in South Carolina. (Charleston City Paper)
○Charleston area COVID-19testingorganizers are expressing that delays in test results to residents could be stemming from an increased need for tests + pressure labs are experiencing related to high volumes of orders. (Post and Courier)
○ In a quarterly video conference meeting on Friday, Clemson’s Board of Trustees detailed that the coronaviruscould cost the university up to $135 million in lost athletics revenue, mitigation efforts and lower student fees + more. Administrators presented strategies that would help limit the spread of the virus on campus. Online instruction for the semester is planned to begin Wed., Aug. 19 + face-to-face classes are set to resume Fri., Sept. 21. (Post and Courier)
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CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Charleston’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
Opening ○ Creek City Grill and Brewery, LLCannounced that Creek City Grill and Brewery is opening in Goose Creek at the old Goose Creek Fire Station headquarters on Button Hall Ave. Brewery will include a five-barrel brewhouse, taproom, wine and liquor bar + indoor and outdoor seating. Doors are planned to open first quarter of 2021. 🍻
Job ○ Momentum Marketing(125 River Landing Dr #204) is now hiringa social media marketing intern. Daily responsibilities include research in trending social media topics, social media planning + more. Applicants can email their resume + cover letterhere.
Ranked ○ College of Charleston is officially named “the finest public liberal arts and sciences institution in South Carolina” by the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021”. The guide lists the college’s “commitment to the liberal arts and sciences + to the citizens of the region” as key factors to making the school a “well-respected institution.” 🏆 (WCIV)
Trending ○Belle, an adorable pup who jumped out of a car window near the intersection of SC-7 and US Highway 17 in West Ashley, has been found in Miami. The strangers who saved her were traveling to Miami and picked up the dog, so she would not get injured on the highway. Belle is set to be reunited with her 90-year-old Lowcountry owner soon. (WCIV)
Cause ○ Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy Fund held a telethon on Saturday to raise funds to help preserve, protect + promote the Gullah/Geechee history. Watch a rebroadcast of the telethon on GullahGeechee.tv until Sat., August 1. ○ Holy City Sinnerannounced that Christian Senger, the publication’s founder, is included in Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s (CFF) first-ever South Carolina’s Finest All Star Class. Past honorees have come together from the Charleston, Columbia + Greenville areas to raise money for the foundation. Donations can be made here. (Holy City Sinner)
Drink ○ Drink a cold one to celebrate National IPA Day (Thurs., Aug. 6). In partnership with the South Carolina Aquarium, Brewed by Westbrook Brewing Company(510 Ridge Rd., Mt. Pleasant) is offering a Stingray IPA featuring Citra, Amarillo + Idaho 7 hops. Grab a pint or two during Stingray IPA Release Weekend, Aug. 6-8. A portion of the proceeds from the drink benefit conservation efforts at the South Carolina Aquarium. 🍺 ○All-natural green juice cleanse Organifi Green Juice is a fresh-tasting, 100% USDA certified organic superfood blend loaded with vitamins, minerals + antioxidants from 11 carefully-chosen superfoods. 250,000+ customers have kicked off their day with the detoxing green stuff.Shop here. Ⓟ
Dish ○ Enjoy quality time out of the house by eating dinner with Charleston Culinary Tour’sHistoric Supper Club. The four-course meal will be in the historic headquarters on State St. Licensed guides will walk guests through the historical significance of each dish + it’s B.Y.O.B. You canbook your experience here + read their Health and Safety Policy. 🍽️