While parks, schools, and restaurants have closed because of the coronavirus, one woman in Canton Township is finding a way to serve her community from her front yard.
“I woke up Sunday morning and I thought, ‘hmm, you know there’s people in need,’” said Jill Cohran. “I’m very blessed. I’m working full time, my husband’s retired. I wanted to do something for others that don’t have the means to [get].”
And that morning, she set out for the store and set up a table with food, toiletries, coloring books—all for free for those who need it.
“There’s dinner items, soaps,” said Cohran. “We’ve had formula and wipes, canned food, bread all sorts of things.”
Cochran got the word out through the Canton Township Facebook page. Almost 1,300 likes and hundreds of comments later, people started dropping off their own goods to help others.
“I had a lady stop by last night and give me wipes for diapers,” said Cochran. “That was really nice.”
Though there seems to be no end in sight for this crisis, Cohran plans to keep her table “open” for as long as possible.
“If we can help anybody, whether it’s one person or ten people, hundred people, that’s great,” said Cochran.