Though campus is closed because of the pandemic, Lasallians are linked by their spirit and activities this spring. We made this La Salle Life page to share information, post resources, celebrate our school, and keep our community connected. Though we're apart, this is one way we can be together.
La Salle family's restaurant feeds hundreds in need
Lydia and Joseph Massaad are the parents of Rudy '19 and Celina '21. Lydia also owns Al-Amir Lebanese Restaurant and founder of Our Giving Table, a nonprofit that provides meals to families and foster children in the Pacific Northwest.
Though Al-Amir has been closed for business during the pandemic, it opens every week to help those in need. In partnership with Our Giving Table and Papa Murphy's, Lydia, her family, and volunteers pack and deliver boxes of food to those in need. Each box provides enough nutrition to feed a family for about 10 days.
“Our community cares about you," she tells the people they help. "We care about you, we are thinking about you."
Lasallians make, donate more than 15,000 lunches
Alum makes, delivers chicken soup during pandemic
During the pandemic, Jane Schreiber McIntyre '85 and a team of volunteers have been making chicken soup for people who are homebound, sick, quarantined, or hungry in north Clark County, Wash.
People can pick up the soup at Amboy Territorial Park in Amboy, Wash. Those unable to leave their homes can have it delivered.
1970 grad creates shields for frontline workers
When Lincoln City cabinet maker, kite maker, and tech enthusiast Lindsey Johnson '70 discovered that his passion for 3D printing and technology could help outfit Lincoln County’s frontline healthcare workers to protect them from the coronavirus, he leaped at the chance. Johnson, who teaches 3-D printing at Oregon Coast Community College, teamed up with Taft High School physics and robotics teacher Noah Lambie to make and print face shields for healthcare workers in Lincoln County. They worked with Samaritan Health Systems to get the design approved and tested, ensuring that the shields met all requirements and could be properly sanitized.
Then, they turned the Community Room at the college (not currently in use due to remote learning) into a production facility. Read more about the project at the State of Oregon's My Oregon News website.
As of early June, Shield Me Please has supplied 350 shields to hospitals and clinics. Lincoln County has purchased 1,000 to be distributed through the Chambers of Commerce in Lincoln County for businesses that need them to comply with Phase 1 opening procedures.