Family Service of RI Asks for Help for “Be Safe” Coronavirus Kits

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

Family Service of Rhode Island, a statewide non-profit, is asking for help to provide items to help the low income children, families and seniors it serves “be safe” from the Coronavirus.

“We work in schools and communities across Rhode Island, and in recent weeks so many families have asked how they can get help to buy the products recommended to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, head of Family Service of Rhode Island.

The Centers for Disease Control has directed that two fundamental steps can make an important difference: 1. Frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water; if not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be used. 2. Cleaning of “high touch” surfaces every day.  These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables.

Family Service of Rhode Island is asking the community to text BESAFE to 44321 or visit help provide “Be Safe Kits” to Rhode Islanders in need.  The agency is hoping to raise enough for at least 200 of its neediest families.

Be Safe Kits will include, as available, antibacterial soap, disinfecting wipes, alcohol-based hand sanitizers and other items in a reusable bag so students, seniors and others in need can easily carry them home from their school or one of Family Service of Rhode Island locations.

All products Family Service of Rhode Island will purchase will follow the specifications of the Centers for Disease Control and the Rhode Island Department of Health.


Anyone interested in learning more about how they can help should call Maggie Slane at 401-331-1350 ext. 3840 or email