Brian Gaudet

Hillsboro Fire Chief Brian Gaudet is part of a newly formed group designed to help people during the coronavirus pandemic.

A group of Hillsboro-area civic leaders has formed a group to offer some assistance to those affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Hillsboro Fire Chief Brian Gaudet announced Tuesday (March 24) that representatives from the city of Hillsboro, the Greater Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, the Hillsboro Fire Protection District, the Hillsboro R-3 School District and the Hillsboro Title Co. have joined forces to start a “Hillsboro Community Supply Depot” for those affected by the illness.

“We met Friday (March 21),” Gaudet said. “It’s up and running. We’re gathering items like toilet paper to give to people in need because of the coronavirus. We’re asking for this to be for people affected by coronavirus, whether they’re laid off or sick.”

He said the effort is operating entirely off donations and run by volunteers.

“Donations of supplies or money may be dropped off at the Hillsboro Fire Protection District, 120 Fifth St. Please ring the intercom and someone will meet you for donations,” Gaudet said.

"Residents in need of any supplies should contact the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce for coordination of supply drop-off or pickup at 636-789-4920. Monetary donations can be made to the Hillsboro Firefighters Association, which will coordinate the purchase of supplies needed for the community.”

Gaudet said the Hillsboro Community Supply Depot is intended to complement the work of other community-assistance organizations.

“We want to ensure the local food pantries can continue to serve their normal clients,” he said.

Gaudet said the location of the depot is not being made public for security reasons. The volunteers behind the effort are following health agencies’ guidelines during the pandemic.

“All county and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations are being followed with the project,” he said.

Gaudet said the depot volunteers would like to see similar efforts crop up in other communities.

“We encourage other area groups to formulate plans for similar depots to help area residents in need,” he said.