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Letters to the Editor: Stay strong, Ames!

Letters to the editor

Stay strong, Ames!

I was born and raised in Ames, graduated from ISU, attended grad school and have lived in NYC ever since. This is the time to be vigilant.

Yes, the pandemic was especially awful early on in NYC, including two weeks when we weren't to go outside at all except for emergency or essential services. Yes, I know people who passed from the virus and more who recovered, but it took weeks. No matter what state or local government does or says: Wear a mask, wash hands frequently, stay six feet away from others, stay home if possible and repeat.

The guidelines are not political or religious issues by any stretch of the imagination. Just keep remembering you can infect others without having symptoms yourself. If you truly have trouble breathing while wearing a mask, stay home; you are more at risk.  If you can't walk down the sidewalk without constantly looking at your phone, stay home; you need to be alert enough to social distance.

I worry about people who have the "it'll never happen to me" syndrome or rationalize not wearing masks or social distancing. Nothing will help keep you safe before a vaccine is developed except following the guidelines. This is not the time to put your immune system to the test. Your actions affect others.

I wish ISU would not have fans at any home games. Why have games that put athletes at risk? NYC has no Broadway until June 2021, no film screenings, no indoor restaurant dining. I only go out once a week for mail, have groceries delivered, always wear a mask and shield and social distance when I'm out, walking in the street if necessary.

Stay safe, be well and please take all necessary precautions — not just for yourself, but for others around you, especially until the case numbers go way down.

— Jami Simon, New York City

ChildServe helps over 600 local children

With a little imagination, kids can turn a cardboard box into a rocket ship. At ChildServe we let this spirit of curiosity, wonder, and hope inspire our mission to help children with special health care needs live a great life. Over the last 20 years, the United Way of Story County has proven itself an incredible partner for our rocket ship ideas.

When parents have questions about their child’s health and development, ChildServe’s team of experts helps identify and meet the unique needs of each child we serve. Over 600 children from the Ames area receive life-changing care through our specialty pediatric services like autism day health; medical day health; physical, occupational and speech therapies; respite; supported community living; and childcare. We offer support, resources, and expert care to help families and children adapt to life’s challenges and reach individual goals for success. 

The United Way of Story County, through generous donations to ChildServe, has enabled us to expand one-of-a-kind specialty pediatric services, renovate our play area to be more inclusive, and partner with more families than ever thanks to the ASSET funding program and childcare support scholarships. They are a dedicated partner in ChildServe’s mission to help children live a great life.

To the United Way of Story County and their donors: thank you for helping ChildServe invest in the children and families in our community.

— Teri Wahlig, MD, ChildServe CEO

Community steps up to help MICA

For the past 12 years, I have volunteered at MICA. The need for supplemental food and other assistance in a town this affluent is astonishing. Fortunately, the community has always stepped up to help, and thanks to their support, MICA is able to provide food to families in need. With the present emergency, hundreds of additional families find themselves in need of help and that number will only continue to grow. It is critical that MICA receive additional funding to help meet this need. Please consider donating to the Live United campaign to help support MICA and provide assistance to those who need it. Thank you for your support.

— Trish Strah, MICA, Ames