As this newsletter goes to press, the Swannanoa community is continuing to adjust to a “new normal” brought on by the coronavirus pandemic sweeping through our country and the world. Concepts like “social distancing” weren’t even a part of our consciousness just a few short weeks ago, but have now become integral to our daily lives. Life in our beautiful Valley has changed in ways large and small, as the county, state and federal government have issued ever more restrictive guidelines and orders to help slow the spread of the virus.
Many local restaurants and businesses are closed, and shoppers are encountering sparsely-stocked shelves in some of the stores that remain open. But, although we may be experiencing shortages of hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, face masks, and yes, even toilet paper, one thing that we still have in abundance is community spirit. Throughout this unfolding national crisis, Swannanoa Valley residents have come together to support each other and their community.
Neighbors are checking in on one another, and offering to buy groceries or pick up prescriptions for those who are homebound. Residents who are able to do so, are supporting our local businesses by buying gift cards for future use, and ordering food for takeout or delivery (for details, visit the Facebook pages or websites of Okie Dokies Smokehouse, La Bamba, Jimmy’s on the River, Athens Pizza, Dunkin’ and Burger King). Others are volunteering or making donations to support the nonprofits that continue to serve Valley residents in need during this difficult time, including Bounty & Soul (bountyandsoul.org) and Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries (www.svcministry.org).
These are indeed trying times, but our community is strong and resilient, and together, we’ll weather this present storm. In the meantime, we’ll continue to do all we can to care for ourselves and one another. A beautiful spring is unfolding all around us, offering the promise of better days to come.