As coronavirus concerns shut down Chattanooga, neighbors are mobilizing to help neighbors

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Saneca Gaines grabs a box of pasta as she helps to create aid bags to provide for people's needs while they may be missing work income, whether it's because they have to stay home and watch their kids or because their employer is closed due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center during a food drive put on by the group We Over Me, on Sunday, March 15, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Lakweshia Ewing and Chris Sands were eating at Uncle Larry's Restaurant last Thursday considering what they could do as concern about COVID-19 spread and cities across the country shut down. Hamilton County Schools announced it would close for the month. Gov. Bill Lee declared a state of emergency.

By Friday, the same day Hamilton County announced its first confirmed case, the two had created We Over Me Chattanooga and began sharing information on Facebook about school closing and where local families could get food.

"We Over Me is literally a collaborative community group who desires to support and inform the Hamilton County community during the state of emergency," Sands said.

The group is gathering food to distribute for families with children 18 years old and younger, as well as to elderly people.