Richard Townsend lives in the country outside of Lebanon and runs a mobile power washing company called AquaPro Solutions. He has two large machines on a trailer supplied by specially purified water (reverse osmosis method) and a capability to 300 degrees. Right now, he isn’t doing much business washing siding, RVs, decks and mobile homes. And he’s feeling like he needs to be doing something to help his community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Townsend is one of the many Boone residents who is taking what he has, thinking outside the box, and offering assistance to others.

“I was thinking of all these grocery stores and all the carts and refrigeration shelving racks they’re trying to clean,” Townsend said. “And I thought I could help out.”

Like so many others, he offered his expertise and equipment to anyone needing a hand to wash or sanitize at their place.

“Even if someone just needs help wiping something down with bleach, I can do that,” he said.

Others have offered such basic things as free adult diapers, grocery and drug store runs, or a large-scale egg give away as hosted at Christ the King Church in Thorntown this weekend. The church was gifted with dozens of crated eggs that they distributed over the course of a couple of hours, no questions asked, with only a request to limit the free eggs to three dozen per household.

“Everyone needs to help out, if you can, right now,” Townsend said in a phone interview. He is asking to only be reimbursed for the cost of fuel or chemicals – he is donating his time and labor.

Brad’s Used Bookstore in Lebanon, though not maintaining its schedule of regular activities and hours, is offering delivery and curbside pick up to those who contact them via their Facebook page or website.

Some senior citizens are offering skills they can do away from crowds, but are still sorely needed to keep some of the front-line workers supported. Boone County resident John Spitznogle, 84, is putting years of tool and die making prowess to work at Indianapolis-based Second Helpings.

With a steady hand and keen eye, Spitznogle set up shop in an unused conference room where he is alone with a couple of dozen sanitized knives in need of sharpening. Sharp knives are safer for the staff to use as they prepare thousands of meals per day and deliver them (at no cost) to agencies across Central Indiana.

Some of those meals are heading to Boone County to help allay fears of food shortages for social service agencies.

“If everyone who can, can help a little bit, then that will help everyone a whole lot,” Townsend said.

By Kassie Ritman writes for The Lebanon Reporter. Email her at Kassie.Ritman@reporter.net.

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