With nearly everything closed, many people are out of work, food pantries and other vital nonprofits are struggling with a drop in donations and volunteers, and many people who are more at-risk need us more than ever. There are still ways we can help if we are able. Even the smallest act of kindness can go a long way. Here are a few ways you can contribute during such unprecedented times.
Support small business and low-wage employees
Patron business that are still open and tip a little more. Many restaurant employees don’t have paid sick leave and depend mostly on tips, and with many people practicing social distancing, businesses everywhere have been cutting hours. A little can go a long way, so if you can, give.
Check on those who are at-risk in your neighborhood
Take a second to make sure your most vulnerable neighbors, such as the elderly, and the immobile, are OK. See if they need anything or take some time to chat with them. Even a little hello can make someone’s day.
Donate to your local food bank
Feeding vulnerable residents and keeping them safe from COVID-19 is becoming a challenge with many stores out of even the basic necessities. If you can, donate food and toiletries to your local food bank. Take time to volunteer if you’re able to as well.
Stay in touch from afar
With so many ways to stay connected with people online, now if the time to utilize these platforms. Video chat with friends, play online games, and watch movies together using Netflix Chat, a new feature on Google Chrome that lets you stream with friends and chat while enjoying your favorites shows.
Donate to your local blood bank
Right now, the American Red Cross has an ongoing critical need for blood product donations as uncertainties remain during this coronavirus pandemic. Blood drives continue to be canceled at an alarming rate and patients need a sufficient blood supply throughout the many weeks of this crisis and beyond. Click here to find your local blood donation center.