CHESTERTOWN — Women Helping Women, a community effort to support Dr. Maria Boria and her free clinic for migrant workers, has launched a new challenge in honor of Paul Tue III that will raise money for the efforts of the Social Action Committee for Racial Justice to help feed the elderly.

The 15th and final Women Helping Women concert was held March 4. By March 12 schools were closed in Kent County and lockdown soon followed as the community confronted the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the community was overwhelmed by the COVID-19 shutdown, Tue exemplified Boria’s spirit of service and said “yes” to the challenge, a news release states announcing the new fund drive.

As co-chair of the Social Action Committee for Racial Justice, Tue led a team that worked to feed the children and the elderly in Kent County from March through the present.

The release states that when so many organizations, agencies and programs were closed, leaving people with few resources, he helped ensure the distribution of:

• 5,000 bags of groceries including 1,000 prepared meals to the elderly

• 48,000 student meals — breakfast, lunch and dinner — at four community sites five days per week

• 500 Easter baskets to children as the Easter Bunny

• 1,200 pizza kits, 930 gallons of milk and 130 boxes of produce to community members

• an additional 1,180 gallons of milk delivered to Cecil and Queen Anne’s counties.

Tue also a co-founder of the Bayside HOYAS (Helping Our Youth Achieve Success) youth organization. The program was established to address the various needs in the community such as single-family homes, the need for positive African-American male mentors and the lack of an outlet for youth within the county, the release states.

When the books closed on Women Helping Women, with grants distributed to the Boria Project at For All Seasons Inc. and a nursing scholarship at Chesapeake College, there was $310.14 in unallocated funds in an administrative account and a few late donations in the amount of $365 that had been sent to the Kent Cultural Alliance.

Programs have been created to serve our children but the needs of the elderly continue, the release states.

As a way of acknowledging Tue’s spirit of stepping up and giving back to the community Women Helping Women would like to honor him by creating the Paul Tue III Challenge.

Using the seed money from Women Helping Women, the hope is to reach $10,000 by Sept. 1.

The initial goal of $5,000 was achieved in just eight days, according to the release.

What better way to celebrate Tue than by raising funds to continue the important work he inspired and provide food for our elderly citizens, the release states.

All funds will go directly to Sumner Hall and the Social Action Committee for Racial Justice Feed the Elderly Initiative.

Donations can be made online at garpost25.org/paultuechallenge. Or mail a check made payable to “Sumner Hall,” specifying Paul Tue III Challenge in the memo section, Sumner Hall, 206 South Queen St., Chestertown, MD 21620. Do not mail cash.

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