September 19, 2020

THE LINCOLN STAR

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Acts of Kindness

Tip for Homeseller: PRICE IT RIGHT!

Before you consider putting your home up for sale, you need to find out what it’s really worth. If you don’t have the right price on your house, all the marketing and advertising efforts won’t do you any good. That’s true with pictures, too. Pictures might ‘make the house look beautiful, but that doesn’t mean someone will overpay for it. Online evaluation websites like zillow.com, guaranteedsale.com, or trulia.com can give you basic information about the cost of homes in your area. The issue in our area is that there is a lot of value in the land that we own because we are the spot in the U.S. where everyone would like to come to for a number of reasons: Southern California. When these websites use price per square foot to estimate a home’s value, they usually over-estimate the values of larger homes. For example, if a a 700 foot home sells for $500,000. That does NOT mean that a 2100 sq ft home on the same street is valued at $1.5 million. There’s nothing that will take the place of a good real estate professional who can put eyes on your home and give you a best price analysis in real time. For a confidential, no obligation free market evaluation of your home, call your local realtor. Luis Sanchez, is an independent broker that lives in El Sereno,, luisgsanchez38@gmail.com, 323-272-7184

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Update From The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

This webpage is dedicated to coronavirus updates as it relates to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. For general updates, please visit the County of Los Angeles Public Health News web page. For the latest updates from the perspective of the Food Bank, please visit this web page at LAFoodBank.org/coronavirus. QUICK RESOURCES

• For the latest news and updates from Los Angeles County, please visit the County of Los Angeles Public Health News web page.

• For national news, please visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus web page. Thank you for your interest in the WIC Program. WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC services are available to all eligible families affected by COVID-19. If your income has been affected by recent events, and you are pregnant or have a child under 5, WIC can help provide nutritious foods and more resources to keep your growing family healthy. California residents can start by texting APPLY to 91997.

Acts of Kindness

Mark Overstreet, Teacher and Resident of University

These past months have been unprecedented for the American way of life. The coronavirus pandemic has created disruption and uncertainty. We’ve seen that this crises brought out the best of the American spirit and it has also brought out some of the worst. It is the best part of us that we need to focus on in order to uplift our spirits at a time when things can seem overwhelming and uncertain. I spoke with my son, who lives in the farmland outside of Sacramento, about staying positive during this time of crises. I told him that can be fragile but we can also be very strong and resilient. My parents suffered through the depression and the “Dust Bowl”, while living in Kansas. Then WWII happened. Life seemed bleak, but they persevered. We look for a better future, we do what we need to do, social, emotionally, and physically. By helping others we are helping ourselves. Make sure to call family, friends and neighbors. To hear their voices helps both you and them. Communicate with others who you know might need help and assistance, your support is emotionally welcomed and reassuring. Stay present and active with the people in your house, and try not to let the news, internet and streaming access suck them in to consuming their time or with negativity. During the past months, people and organizations

Pictured; Residents show social distancing as they wait in line at the All Saint’s Church food bank.

have stepped up to help others. Locally there are numerous stories that show the positive American Spirit. Residents and organizations within the local communities have shown their compassion and support for those in need. All Saints Catholic Church has had food bank every other Saturday with the help of their parishioners. It has been a community effort that involved participation from the El Sereno Bicentinnial Committee, Team Huizar, LA32 Neighborhood Council, Urban 360, Victory Outreach, St. Vincent De Paul, The Worship Centre of L.A., and USC Civic Engagement. The Healing Urban Barrios held weekly food banks, The LAUSD provide free meals via “Grab & Go Food Centers to students at 60 locations, and also provided a food back to local residents. There are hundreds of food banks and food distribution locations provided by government agencies, churches and community organizations that are making an effort to meet the needs our residents during this critical time. Call a elected representative’s office or look on the internet and you can find a location, and the day and hours of distribution. Rosa Hills resident, Anthony Manzano, was quick to use his CERT training before W.H.O. announced that we were experiencing a pandemic.

He contacted elected official, our LAPD Captain Stabile, and local community leaders in an effort to organize “Block Captain’ that would help senior citizens get groceries, medications or other essential items. Residents responded and began to seek out the elders on their blocks to make sure that they were being taken care of. Knowing that there was a shortage of face masks neighbors began to make face masks at home and gave them to their neighbors. There are stories of how neighbors are going to the store for each other and are sharing needed items when they found them available (like toilet paper and eggs). To show their appreciation, people have bought and taken restaurant prepared meals to our police officers and firemen. One neighbor with four children opened her front door to find a 24 pack of toilet paper with a note that said, ”Smile, things will get better.” Little Lending Libraries on people’s front yards have been filled with an abundance of books. Because of our physical social distancing and not being able to go to work people have used time to communicate with family and friends. Even the simplest acts of kindness, compassion and empathy are felt deeply during times of uncertainty. As one of the food bank volunteers stated, “ We are like first responders, and our tools are, kindness and compassion.” Social distancing due to the coronavirus has it’s drawback on our social lives, such as isolation and loneliness, it also has made an opportunity for some creative energy and shows how we as a community can still flourish amid a crises. What can you do to spread kindness during this time of coronavirus?

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