Family Service of RI Asks Help “Be Safe” from Coronavirus Kits

PROVIDENCE, RI, March 10, 2020- Family Service of Rhode Island, a statewide non-profit, is asking for help to provide items to help the low income children, families and seniors it serves “be safe” from the Coronavirus.
“We work in schools and communities across Rhode Island, and in recent weeks so many families have asked how they can get help to buy the products recommended to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, head of Family Service of Rhode Island.

“So many of our neighbors are already struggling to make ends meet – and they raised that these extra costs for recommended products are out of reach for them.

 “In addition, we’re working in countless homes across Rhode Island with babies, seniors and others who are high risk and have very limited incomes. We want to make sure they have the right products to be safe,” she added.
The Centers for Disease Control has directed that two fundamental steps can make an important difference: 1. Frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water; if not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be used. 2. Cleaning of “high touch” surfaces every day.  These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables.

Family Service of Rhode Island is asking the community to text BESAFE to 44321 or visit to help provide “Be Safe Kits” to Rhode Islanders in need. The agency is hoping to raise at least $5,000, which would purchase $25 worth of items per family for 200 families.

Be Safe Kits will include, as available, antibacterial soap, disinfecting wipes, alcohol-based hand sanitizers and other items in a reusable bag so students, seniors and others in need can easily carry them home from their school or one of Family Service of Rhode Island locations.

All products Family Service of Rhode Island will purchase will follow the specifications of the Centers for Disease Control and the Rhode Island Department of Health.
Anyone interested in learning more about how they can help should call Maggie Slane at 401-331-1350 ext. 3840 or email
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About Family Service of Rhode Island: FSRI is a comprehensive non-profit social service agency and essential part of the Rhode Island community. FSRI provides support to children and families from birth to adulthood through services focused on three general areas: physical and mental health, education, and overall well-being. Every program or service FSRI offers is geared towards promoting healthy families and strong communities.
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