What happens now? It’s a question we’re all asking ourselves in the midst of the pandemic. No one has an answer. If you happen to be one of the 69 percent of Americans who have less than $1,000 in your savings account, you might be on the verge of — or in complete — panic.
Possibly no group is more concerning than the hourly staff members who were left without a job in a matter of hours. One parent, Rachael Jackson, is leading the charge to ensure that those in the Valley Fellowship Christian Academy family are taken care of.
“The Lord really spoke to me and He put a sense of urgency on my heart about how in times of crisis … government is not the answer in all things,” Rachael said. “What God has called us to do is take care of each other.”
Rachael created a GoFundMe site to raise money for the school’s support staff and families who are affected by the closings. The goal is to raise $100,000, enough to provide for everyone for a month.
“As a small Christian school, a lot of our people who work there at the school are hourly wage employees,” Rachael said. “We have several families who are hourly wage employees. … We do a lot of outreach in the community to help the more vulnerable community.”
The school, which Rachael said already operates on a shoestring budget, was able to pay the hourly workers for the rest of the month. But unless the school reopens, they won’t be able to make the full payroll for April.
“It’s a big hit for these families,” Rachael said.
Some of the families at Valley Fellowship have started collecting Walmart gift cards to hand out to those who can’t compete with the current retail situation — panic buyers, we’re talking about you, who cleared the shelves, leaving little to nothing for the people who couldn’t afford to buy copious amounts of everyday supplies.
“I know of one family who was trying to find basic supplies, and they’re trying to compete with the people who do have money for Amazon and Costco and those who don’t trying to find stuff in Dollar Tree,” Rachael said.
The funds will be given to the Valley Fellowship administrators who will then disperse them to the families.
“Don’t wait on government intervention, this is what community is for,” Rachael said. “If you’re a parent in another school community, I encourage you to do the same for your schools! We can, and should, take care of each other in this time!”