Many of us want to reach out and support each other as this outbreak penetrates every aspect of our communities. We are big believers in kind actions, small acts of giving that take a few minutes but are felt deeply. There are some of us that like to donate money to feel like we are participating, and have the means to donate during COVID-19. There are lots of places to donate during COVID-19 and if you wish to donate money during this time, we are sure that many places could use the help. Donations do not have to be big, it is just great that they can be done!
If speaking kindly to plants helps them grow, imagine what speaking kindly to humans can do.
With job losses the highest they have been on a century, or perhaps ever, putting food o the table can be a struggle for many. Donating money to your local food bank will enable the food bank to purchase the high demand food families and individuals need. If you are also concerned about international food shortages, go ahead and donate to an international food bank to help people worldwide.
Like small businesses, charitable organizations have been hit hard. They have lost a good number of their volunteer force with lock down regulations, and donors are having to cut back on expenses. Many organizations depend on their volunteers to keep programs running. They are an invaluable asset that keeps charitable doors open. Donations are also running out as people focus on their budgets, rethink their finances, and shift from international donations to local donations. If you can afford your monthly donations, please keep them going. If you have never donated before, this might be a good time to start. Governments are providing small businesses and corporations financial packages, but what about the community services that are needed even more at this time? It will be up to us to keep them afloat.
The Red Cross will need to keep their blood banks filled, so why not donate blood at your local Red Cross. This is an activity you can leave home for. How we donate blood is a bit differently at the moment, but your donation is needed. Donors need to call their local Red Cross and make an appointment. Social distancing is being practiced in the local offices so appointments are a must. If you are sick, please stay home and wait until you are well enough to participate.
We now all need masks, and there are a few ways you can make this happen. This includes public service workers, front line workers in grocery stores, your local convenience store, gas station and more. Some of my friends are making masks and donating them to people locally. These reusable masks can be washed over and over again, and are made with appropriate fabric. Another alternative is to buy masks online, but purchase more than you can use so the extras can be donated. You can also search the Internet for local PPE donation drives or contact your local hospital’s supply manager or public health department. They typically offer lists of the specific items they need and will tell you whether they accept small volume drop-offs or are looking solely for bulk donations.
Our most vulnerable populations need our support. Meals on Wheels is a food service delivery program for seniors that need meal assistance. This service continues during COVID-19 but with different delivery protocols and in some cases, bulk meal delivery of frozen meals. These organizations exist in many countries and they do need out help. With fewer volunteers and a need to be creative to keep meals coming, financial donations could help us save a life.
When we are unable to give back in person, or find virtual giving a challenge, to donate during COVID-19 is a great way to support our communities. Check out our COVID-19 page for virtually giving ideas that make daily giving through actions easy from home that have a lot of impact.