One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from Mr. Rogers. Well, actually his mother. It goes, “When I was young and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
I know that a lot of you are looking for ways to do something positive during the pandemic. To hopefully make it easier for you to help, we have a list of a few things you can do to hopefully make your community better during this difficult time.
- Help keep others safe. The most important thing we can do is to follow al the CDC recommendations when it comes to staying safe and healthy. You can go a step further and attempt to help those at higher risk. If you have family or know someone 55 or older or with health conditions, offer to pick up their groceries or make trips to the store for them so that they can stay inside. As Spring finely starts to arrive, you can even offer to help with simple yard work, just keep the recommended six feet between you!
- Get local takeout. Your favorite restaurant is likely taking a big hit from the COVID-19 outbreak. You can help the staff and business by ordering a meal or two each week from your neighborhood. Then pick it up or get it delivered. If you have a friend who’s in need, you can offer to buy a meal for them. It’s a two for one!
- Donate to causes in need. Have some money you can send to a good cause? Donate it to local hospitals, humane societies, homeless shelters, or other causes you support. The non-profits you love have likely closed up shop or have less money coming in because fewer people have cash to give. They’ll need your help now more than ever.
- Simply show support. Signs of support can make a bigger impact than you think. Kenosha is one community that is making and displaying hearts in windows to share their love with the community. It’s an important way to keep the mood happy.
How else can you help your area? Let us know what you’re doing to make a difference in the comments below.