COVID – 19 Update
First and foremost, I hope this email finds you and your family healthy and safe. Your health and well-being are paramount as we navigate thru the coronavirus pandemic in accordance with the Stay at Home orders from each of our various locations.
The spread of COVID-19 has impacted all facets of our lives. We take this threat very seriously and will continue to make decisions with the health and welfare of our Heart Power family as the number one priority. We are staying up to date on all directives, guidelines and suggestions from state governments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The nation’s top public health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, warn that until widespread rapid testing and improved treatments are available, large gatherings are still risky. For our safety and yours, we are postponing all CHAMP Camps this summer. We are working to develop a playbook for safely resuming CHAMP Camp operations. This playbook will follow best practices for safeguarding public health by providing clear guidance for healthy interactions in a safe environment.
This past week, I was blessed to be involved with the NFL Draft. Overall, it was a great success, albeit being conducted remotely. This time away from the traditional office environment resulted in the need to be flexible, and it has allowed us time to innovate and imagine ‘new normal’ ways of impacting our communities through Heart Power. We are currently exploring ways to provide sessions via Skype, Facebook Live, YouTube, and/ or Zoom.
Many of you have supported our vision for over 10 years – you are our lifeblood! As always, our thoughts and prayers are with you. That said, if there are other ways in which we can provide support, please reach out and let us know. Obviously, we cannot accommodate everyone and every situation, but we will try to do our part.
The Kelly Family
As we scroll through countless photos and videos of the aftermath of hurricane Michael, we cannot help but be saddened and empathetic to your current situation. This hurricane has devastated communities across the Gulf Coast. Hundreds of our brothers, sisters, and children have witnessed the destruction of their homes. Fallen trees fill the pathways. Power outages are widespread. Schools are in shambles. Livelihoods are wiped out and quite frankly, dreams are halted. Many evacuated the area and cannot yet return. We have spoken to close friends and family who are afraid. There is a pit in our stomachs and hurt in our hearts for all of you right now!
Being from Campbellton, there are already too many families fighting to survive until the next paycheck. There are too many kids accustomed to being without. Kids are used to being alone at home while momma is working 2 or 3 jobs. Some of you had little to nothing at home already and lost that.
We just wanted to write to say that we recognize and acknowledge your loss and pain. You are a part of our Heart Power/ CHAMP Camp family. You are in our prayers. We are actively trying to find ways to support the relief effort. If you personally need us, do not hesitate to call or email.
I’ve personally travelled throughout a large part of the country. What stands out about you, my home community, is that we are RESOURCEFUL, TOUGH, and CONNECTED. My prayer is that we bond together as we rebuild. This hurricane saw no color, no ethnicity, no social or financial status. I pray that our tomorrow will have the same inclusiveness. I know the world will be watching. Heart Power will be watching.