We always like to watch for the helpers in times of trouble; but while it is good to know others are helping, it might be a question in your mind as to how you can be helpful.
It’s good to take example from others, but if you’re looking for a starting point the staff over at The Cut decided to put a list together. Direct from them here are some ways you can be helpful during the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic.
Call your grandparents: Call your grandparents or other people in your life you don’t call very often. A lot of nursing homes in my hometown have stopped allowing people who aren’t paid medical professionals to visit. Also, if you’re working from home, it’s a good way to pass the time and stay connected. — Sarah Spellings, fashion writer
Buy gift cards to your favorite restaurants and small businesses: Try to support small businesses and restaurants. They have thin margins, and there’s often not a work-from-home option for them. Restaurants in many cities are closing, but in some cases you can still order takeout and freeze. As they say, the freezer is the new pantry. Also, please don’t avoid Asian restaurants. — Kathleen Hou, beauty director
Offer to help your neighbors: One of my neighbors emailed the entire building and offered to run errands for anyone who needs it. It was really sweet, and a good way to reach out to the elderly/immunocompromised people in our building without singling them out. — Izzy Grinspan, deputy style editor
Donate to food banks: The main thing I’ve done so far is donate to local food banks — focusing efforts on our local communities feels more important than ever right now. To find your closest food banks, you can search your zip code on Feeding America’s nationwide directory and donate either food or money. (You can also call ahead to see if the food bank is seeking any products in particular.) — Katie Heaney, senior writer (Here it is the Brantford Food Bank.)
Order books from independent bookstores: Order some new books from independent bookstores! This can help authors whose book events were canceled this month, plus help stores whose in-person shopping will take a hit. — Jen Gann, senior editor
Help out your local animal rescue: Animal rescues are always in need of money and fosters, and now many are unable to employ their normal amount of staff, making the need even starker. You can donate, or contact animal rescues in your neighborhood and see if you can serve as a foster while you’re homebound. — Kelly Conaboy, writer-at-large (Once again, locally, you’ll be aiding the Brant County SPCA.)
Continue to pay your nanny: If you regularly employ someone whose livelihood depends in part on what you pay them — a babysitter, or a cleaner, or a personal trainer — and you are still receiving your normal paycheck, let that person stay home but continue to pay them. You can also donate to the National Domestic Workers Alliance’s Coronavirus Care Fund, which will provide emergency assistance to vulnerable workers across the country.— Amanda Arnold, staff writer
Write letters: This seems like a good time to put to use all the various stationery and pens I’ve accumulated over the years, sending mail to friends and family in addition to calls and FaceTime. It’ll be nice to have something to look forward to. — Katie Heaney, senior writer
These are all wonderful suggestions we could apply to our lives here. However you choose to spend your time during this crisis, we hope you never forget your purpose of spreading the love of Christ. God bless.
Source: The Cut.