The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyday life, forcing us all to change the daily routines of our lives. It is easy to feel distant from friends and family when you no longer see them in person.
Since the virus has spread through Mid-west America, we have seen the closure of churches, schools, and businesses. Our economic and cultural structures faced a critical change in order to flatten the curve and keep our communities safe.
We have been seeing a large amount of support from local organizations during this time. Thanks to the Cherokee Nation, TheMission, Neighbors in Need, and Owasso Community Resource food pickups have become common within Owasso.
You can find these pickups at locations such as the Owasso YMCA, First Baptist Church, and the Owasso Highschool. They make it as easy as driving through the parking lot so you can receive prepared meals for your family. To stay updated on where the next free meal drive will be hosted, check out online pages such as the Owassoism and First United Methodist Church Facebook page.
Something else to look forward to is how community members have been getting creative with the quarantine. Shawn Cunningham, Owasso Special Olympics organizer, has been putting in a great effort to raise morale.
On Easter weekend Cunningham put together and held a social distancing Easter parade. Located at the First United Methodist Church of Owasso, members and non-members of the church decorated their cars with balloons and posters then drove around the church’s parking lot. Even while remaining six feet apart at all times, everyone had a wonderful time honking their horns and waving to friends they have not seen since the start of the quarantine.
Living this new normal is hard when you feel like you are doing it alone. But what we need to realize is that our communities are more connected than ever now while facing this crisis. Despite being separated physically, the people of Owasso Oklahoma have stepped up to make sure their friends and neighbors have everything they need to keep Owasso feeling like home.
For more information on upcoming events and community reach-out programs, check out the All About Owasso Facebook group.