Hunker down in a storm

When a storm hits our coastline, we hunker down and go inside. We wait out the storm.

We don’t question our actions, because we have experienced a storm before, and for some, many, many storms. This storm in the form of a pandemic has forced us to hunker down, but for how long, we do not know. What we do know is our community is an amazing collective voice of reasoning, as we have heeded to national advice on lowering the COVID-19 curve through the actions of our Seward leaders and residents.

Some folks got slapped in the face, contracting the virus in the middle of summer. Dealing with fever, body aches and too long to heal before going back to work. Luckily no lives were lost.

The aging community disappeared, retreating to their cabins, trailers and homes as this pandemic storm threatened them with their life. They lost connection to their activities of daily living; venturing out to pick up daily mail, dropping by a friend’s house, or anticipating the arrival of a grandchild for a visit.

As a familiar gesture of caring for our elders, looking out for seniors and lending a helping hand for others to benefit and thrive as we patiently wait out this storm together, for the help of dozens of tireless volunteers working in the kitchen and delivering hot nutritious meals; Seward Community Foundation funds; AKCANDO (Alaska Community Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation and Anchorage United Way); Captain Jack’s Seafoods; Icicle Seafoods; American Legion, Post 5, and individual donors too many to list here that have given and continue to give; we say thank you.

Be kind to Seward, as if your life depended on it.

Dana Paperman, Executive Director

Seward Senior Citizens, Inc