“I simply wish to assist folks through the pandemic, Shana Jones mentioned. “I do not perceive why folks would hate me doing that”

MAPLEWOOD, Mo. — Shana Jones has misplaced greater than a dozen relations and buddies to the coronavirus.

‘Sure, it has been onerous. I am nonetheless hurting over all these deaths. All of my household and buddies lived in my hometown of Albany, Georgia. I set this up as a result of it was my means of coping,” mentioned Jones.

The Maplewood mother arrange a desk outdoors her dwelling on People Avenue, collected numerous meals, hand sanitizer and different donations for needy households, the homeless, anybody hungry through the pandemic.

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“I’ve aged individuals who come by and say, ‘I am scared to go to the shop, can I get some cabbage off your desk?’ Individuals come by and donate. They simply put stuff on the desk to assist the neighborhood. That is all I am attempting to do,” Shana mentioned.

Jones says since beginning her grab-and-go desk six months in the past, she has helped greater than 1,200 needy households and people.

“I believe it is nice for the neighborhood. Lots of people are stopping by. I cease by frequently,” mentioned one in all Jones’ neighbors.

Nevertheless, Jones now says not everyone seems to be completely happy about her desk.

“For the previous two days I’ve simply been crying,” she mentioned.

She’s shedding tears as a result of she mentioned a few dozen folks, claiming to be her neighbors, despatched her nasty emails and textual content messages over the past two months saying that need her donation desk gone.

Jones mentioned the neighbors did not disclose their names however recognized themselves by quantity.

“One neighbor mentioned they do not wish to get up and take a look at my desk on daily basis. Somebody who recognized himself as neighbor 23 mentioned I demand you are taking it down or I’ll shut it down,” mentioned Shana.

Jones mentioned she and her three sons, ages 1, 14 and 18, are the one Black household on her block.

“I am a bit of afraid as a result of it is simply me and my children. A majority of my neighbors are white and I simply do not know if that is racist or not. I simply do not know why individuals are rapidly focusing on me for doing one thing good,” Jones mentioned.

“I see Shana as an inspiration,” mentioned Lisa Clancy, the Chairperson of the St. Louis County Council. 

Clancy can be a Maplewood resident. 

This week, the St. Louis County Council will award Shana Jones with a particular decision “for making a distinction in Maplewood.”

“We unanimously handed the decision a number of weeks in the past. We simply wish to honor her for what she’s doing. I believe it is nice. I hope Shana’s neighbors have a chance to actually perceive why the work she’s doing is admittedly so necessary to the lives that it is touching. It is unhappy to listen to that there are of us not completely happy about what she’s doing,” mentioned Clancy.

“I’ve stopped by her desk a number of instances. I believe it reveals a variety of compassion for our neighborhood. Maplewood is a secure neighborhood and she or he has the help of so many individuals. I believe it is a very precious and important service,” mentioned Maplewood Mayor Barry Greenberg.

Regardless of being disenchanted and disheartened, Jones says she’s not discouraged.

“I will keep right here. I am not going to run away,” Jones mentioned.

Jones has arrange a GoFundMe web page for anybody who wish to contribute. Click here for extra particulars.

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