ACS Ministries in Montana Respond to COVID-19

June 16, 2020
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On May 27, the ACS Disaster Response team of the Kalispell SDA Church donated PPEs to Kalispell Regional Healthcare Center. Gabriele Miranda-Laub, ACS Director of Montana Conference, assisted by delivering the PPEs which included 1000 masks and 400 gloves to the KRMC Foundation. These supplies were graciously received by Tagan Vine, President of the Foundation. “It was a pleasure to tell him about our organization and our involvement with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD),” said Gabriele, who was grateful for the opportunity to have played a small part in advocating for our Church and it’s mission.

The Hot Springs ACS Thrift Store has resumed operations after a two-month COVID-19-related shutdown. Situated in the picturesque little town of Hot Springs in Northwest Montana, this traditional thrift store which gives items for free, has been actively serving the local population and surrounding ranching community since 1983. On June 9, Gabriele was able to visit with Dianne Roosma and her team of dedicated volunteers. Dianne has been implementing social distancing in the store and keeping many items outside, weather permitting. As clients enter the store, one of the volunteers will spray their hands with disinfectant and introduce them to the layout, if needed. All the donations are kept outside in the fresh air and sun, if possible, for a couple of days before sorting them out and including them with the merchandise in the store. They were also able to obtain a dozen flood buckets and reusable ACS shopping bags from the Conference, that can be given away with clothing, or cleaning items, depending on their needs. “We’re grateful for this ACS Center and the volunteers that manage it even during challenging times. God is Good!” said Gabriele.