Let’s do our part to flatten the curve. Sharing 5 things you can do to help and do your part.
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As we enter week 3 of self-isolation, social distancing – whatever you’re calling it – I think we can all agree that we want to help, we just don’t know how. At least that’s who I feel. News is constantly changing so there’s still a lot that will continue to be unknown. But what can be known is how you can do your part to help. In finding ways to contribute, I’ve found that the best thing I can do is find the path that appeals to me most. Even if you think it’s something that isn’t important, every little bit counts and essentially small acts can build to make a big difference.
// Let’s state the obvious first, the easiest ways you can do your part – for your family and friends, and the community around you – is to stay home. How easy is that?! Super easy. Unless you are on the front lines or vocationally do something that cannot be done from your home, I think you should stay the eff home. The only way to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing.
// Something else you can do is to donate to local charities or food banks. There are so many out there but top of mind is No Kid Hungry, Meals on Wheels America, and Feeding America. And for my local DMV friends, please donate to Capital Area Food Bank.
// Support local small businesses, this includes restaurants and retailers. Whether you’re ordering via an app or online and having it delivered directly to your home or doing curbside pickup, small businesses are struggling right now. You can also buy gift cards that can be used later.
// Make and donate medical masks. All over the internet, I’ve seen every day folks making medical personnel masks. There are tons of tutorials but I’ve found that Joann Fabrics has a great resource on patterns, and find out where to donate here.
// Lastly, donating blood is important right now. Blood supply is running low and there are tons of critical patients that rely on it to live. As someone who is a universal donor, I looking to make an appointment soon to do what I can to help.
We are all going through this, together, and while you might want to support, it may not be in the cards for your. That’s okay. If that’s the case, focus on supporting your family and keeping them safe.
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