BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – The surge of COVID-19 has forced Rita’s Closet/The Zippers at St. John the Baptist Church in Brusly to temporarily close.
“It’s a heavy heart because you know you can’t meet the needs of those clients that most need,” said volunteer Andrea Normand.
On any given day, donations of clothes, shoes and other items would normally be dropped off constantly, but the rising cases of the virus, combined with the tight space, makes it difficult to keep the doors open.
Normand said, “You put a bunch of people in this room, and you try to regulate the flow, which is really difficult. It’s just not a good atmosphere to make sure people are safe.”
The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge is also making adjustments due to coronavirus. Appointments are being made to limit the number of people inside the building.
Major Donald Tekautz said, “We might be able to help them without them needing to come here.”
Charity leaders said the pandemic may have changed their operations, but their mission to help communities will remain the same.