RICHARDSON – There are several signs with encouraging words popping up in Richardson neighborhoods that are helping people get through the Coronavirus pandemic. The signs read “Richardson Strong” and it’s also providing support for the Network of Community Ministries.

The signs began as an initiative at Methodist Richardson Medical Center to support nurses and doctors but turned into a fundraising opportunity for the Network of Community Ministries where demand for financial assistance, clothing and food has grown in recent weeks.

“What 10,000 pounds of food look like is our box truck, a cargo van and two pickup trucks full of food, and that isn’t enough to serve one day’s worth of need,” said Cindy Shafer, CEO of the Network of Community Ministries.

Prior to COVID-19, the Network served an average of 200 families a week with financial assistance, clothing and food.  As a result of the pandemic, the number of clients asking for a helping hand has grown to 2000 a week.

“Right now, people who have previously been donors to Network are actually clients showing up for food. So, it’s important that everybody who may need the service of Network know that it’s there for them,” said Warren Caldwell, president of the Canyon Creek Homeowners Association.

Several neighborhood groups in Richardson such as the Canyon Creek Homeowners Association have already made their purchases.  The signs include the hashtag “In this together” and can be customized for any HOA, group or company.

“Richardson Strong” signs are available at for more information.