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How to Help During the COVID-19 Crisis

To help out your favorite restaurant, order takeout or consider purchasing a gift card to use in the future. Help family and friends if they need a hand. Photo by Negative Space on Pexels.

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, you may be wondering if there are ways to help others without exposing yourself to the virus. It’s easy to feel helpless when contained to your home. Here are some ideas on how to help your community without exposing yourself to the virus:

  • Check on the elderly and at-risk family, friends and neighbors. If there is someone you suspect might be having trouble getting food, medicine or other necessary supplies, give them a call and offer to pick up these necessities. Then drop them off, preferably while not going into their home and while maintaining social distancing.
  • Donate blood. Blood drives all around the country have been cancelled. According to the American Red Cross, there is a shortage of blood donations. If you are healthy and able to donate, visit the Red Cross website to sign up to donate. Blood donation centers take every precaution to ensure that you remain safe from COVID-19 when you go to donate.
  • Buy a gift card from a local establishment. Your hair salon, favorite restaurant and coffee shop are all feeling the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Go online and see if they offer digital gift cards. Purchasing one is a great way to provide a small business an influx of cash during this time. Without a doubt, it will feel great to use that gift card once we return to normalcy.
  • Be kind. During this time of uncertainty, people are stressed. It can be hard to remain considerate and patient, but just fake it until you make it. If you go outside to exercise or walk your pet, say hello to fellow joggers or walkers. Wave to your neighbors if you see them outside. Text or email a friend you think might be lonely.

Jawaharlal Nehru was an Indian independence activist and the first Prime Minister of India after its independence from British rule. He wisely said, “Every little thing counts in a crisis.” Be kind, considerate and patient during this time. Your actions are sure to be contagious.

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