Message focuses on caring for abuelitos during this COVID-19 pandemic
Texas Border Business
At the urging of McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, the City of McAllen created a public service announcement in English and Spanish, aimed to encourage the public to remember the community’s most vulnerable, the elderly, as the entire Rio Grande Valley responds to dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.
“I wanted to create a message for our community to remember our abuelitos and abuelitas,” said Mayor Darling. “Here in the Rio Grande Valley, being with our grandparents is a part of daily life for many. However, as we have come to see with this virus, they are the most vulnerable in this crisis, not only from the virus but also, from the impact of social distancing and shelter in place. Now, more than ever we need to be extra careful not to expose our elderly relatives to this virus.”
Mayor Darling hopes the message resonates with the young especially, who can help their grandparents with errands; especially, getting groceries and other essentials for them, staying in contact with them, and most importantly, stay a safe distance away.
“I know that it is difficult time for all of us, especially for our elderly. If we all do our part and take care of them, we will get through this. Remember, we are #McAllenStrong.”