Harford County communities unite during pandemic
Light displays brightened homes even though it was spring. The lights were an answer to Havre de Grace Mayor William T. Martin’s call to show unity in the face of COVID-19.
Throughout Harford County, residents and businesses came together — from holding food collections to creating inspirational T-shirts and banners honoring their graduating seniors — while hoping to emerge from the pandemic.
Len Parrish, director of Harford County Community and Economic Development, says there’s no shortage of stories about how people came together to help each other.
Visit Harford, the county’s destination marketing group, shifted from promoting tourism to focusing on local businesses, Parrish said.
“I’ve found our business community to be very responsive … prioritizing heath over bottom profits,” Parrish said. “I am super-impressed with the Harford County spirit.”
For instance, as soon as COVID-19 struck, several local manufacturers began making 3D personal protective equipment. They donated and delivered essential personal supplies to first responders and emergency services.