Relief efforts are underway in Southport to assist the elderly and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The seniors could not get to the store and do that kind of stuff nor could they stood for three or four hours while they were in the store, so one of the other things we are looking at doing is being able to assist them in getting the things they need," says Southport Police Chief Tom Vaughn. "We are also looking for donations to take to the community center."
He says the goal is to get household essentials to those unable to get to the store.
Efforts also include providing transportation for those who need help getting to doctor’s appointments and the pharmacy.
Those needing assistance are enouraged to call either the Southport Police assistance line at (463) 224-0183, or Perry Senior Services at (317) 783-9231. The phone line will not be monitored so callers will need to leave their name, telephone number, and assistance needed.
Vaughn says law enforcement can play a vital role in helping citizens through this crisis.
"Our motto is protect and serve and we do a great job of protecting, so one of the things we want to focus on is our service part and getting out and being part of the community and it also calms their fears when they see you and talk to you," says Vaughn.