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Former 7Everyday Heroes respond to the pandemic in force

Posted at 8:58 AM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 10:58:44-04

DENVER — In February, Shelley Harmon told Denver7 that she hopes Evergreen's Mountain Backpack Program always feels like friends helping friends. That hasn't changed in these times of COVID-19.

Through the program, Harmon has been dedicated to feeding kids — hundreds of them.

READ MORE: Evergreen volunteer helps kids stay full, focused throughout the school year

Fast forward two months and our world has changed, but Harmon's dedication has not.

"Here in Evergreen, we've set up a completely no-contact system and so people are able to get out of their house, come, pack, go home and we just rolled with it and it worked," Harmon said.

Armed with masks and gloves, volunteers are now packing school closure boxes for nearly 200 kids every week.

"There's a big need, the supply chain is tough, so it's hard but we've had tremendous support," Harmon said.

In a time with so much uncertainty, kids don't have to worry where they'll get their next meal.

One student wrote a thank you card reading, "I am very grateful that you are kind enough to continue making these boxes during this crisis... Stay safe and healthy."

Other 7Everyday Heroes are stepping up as well. Teresa VanHatten Granath, the Green Bag Lady, who was recognized for making reusable shopping bags, is now sewing masks. She has sent thousands to hospitals and immune-compromised people across the country.

Molly Hendrickson anchors Denver7 in the mornings from 4:30-7 a.m. She also features a different 7Everyday Hero each week on Denver7. Follow Molly on Facebook here and Twitter here. To nominate a hero in your life, click here.