Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Ohioans Find Ways to Innovate During Coronavirus Confusion

By Anna Staver, The Columbus Dispatch
Rev. Deborah Bowsher at Trinity United Presbyterian Church's outdoor gathering place near the church in Zanesvile, Ohio  
Rev. Deborah Bowsher looked around the empty halls of her Zanesville church and saw an opportunity. “While the Red Cross has been finding it quite difficult to have blood drives because all the businesses and schools have said, ‘No, you can’t do that in our premises,’ ” Bowsher said, “we’re an empty building most of the time, and we’ve opened our doors.” Trinity United Presbyterian Church has hosted weekly blood drives for the nonprofit organization since the coronavirus pandemic shuttered businesses and sent millions of Ohioans into seemingly endless work-from-home situations. The novel coronavirus threw the world into disarray in 2020. [More