Touchless food parcels, warm meals for seniors and people in quarantine, food collections, hospital equipment, virtual workshops and homework for children as well as spiritual and psychological support – these are just some of the charitable initiatives carried out by the Church during the coronavirus epidemic. More than 100,000 volunteers from all 44 Polish dioceses are involved, said the spokesman of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Fr. Paweł Rytel-Andrianik.
Volunteers deliver warm meals and food parcels to the homes of the elderly and quarantined people on a daily basis as part of the “touchless parcel” campaign. In almost all dioceses, special telephone helplines have been set up for people who need spiritual support, conversation and strengthening. “Priest at the tone” – it is a special telephone helpline, launched by the Archdiocese of Poznań, where one can talk to priests every day.
The dioceses organize collections of funds for the purchase of equipment for hospitals, e.g. ventilators and protective materials for medical staff. Religious sisters, communities, participants in occupational therapy workshops sew thousands of masks every day from materials donated by sponsors.