While I typically write about all the really cool things to do on the Northshore and surrounding places, it seems appropriate this month with the Coronavirus pandemic to write about the really cool residents of our Parish. The people of this amazing area of Louisiana always seem to show that lovin’ feeling when it comes to taking care of each other.
While our parents had to learn “new math,” we have all had to adapt to a new way of learning. Teachers, administrators, staff, parents and students have all experienced an adjustment period. The St. Tammany Parish Public Schools have done an incredible job of providing online resources for parents and children, along with access to their Cares Helpline to address mental health issues. Also, the weekday hot lunches and “grab and go” boxes with 10 days’ supply of food have been a lifeline to many students.
Our Frontline Workers
Calling them Healthcare Heroes even seems a bit inadequate. Doctors, nurses, technicians, EMTs and paramedics are indeed on the frontline. Add in the amazing St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, the individual town police departments, fire departments and 911 operators, and it creates an incomparable team of professionals going way beyond. I love that Parish residents are helping with donations to the Ochsner Employee Assistance Fund. This fund provides assistance for employees directly impacted by COVID-19 with financial grants. The support shown for all frontline workers by businesses, groups and organizations has been wonderful, with meal, supply and financial donations.
I have come to realize St. Tammany Parish is all about community. For example, the Tourist and Convention Commission is keeping us updated on the who, what, where and when of area business operations. Northshore Food Bank has more than doubled the distribution of food. The St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce set up a Facebook page, St. Tammany Eats, as our go-to source for restaurant menus, specials and delivery options.
As I have said time and again in this blog series, the Northshore is truly remarkable. Yes, it has all the ingredients for the “perfect” place to live. It also has some of the most generous, friendliest people, as we have witnessed even more so over the last month. On the Northshore is off the charts when it comes to community!