Proactive Pandemic Families: Support Your Local Community
The Covid 19 pandemic continues to impact all of our lives in numerous ways and the numbers reported can be alarming. But rather than feeling like victims in this trying time, your family can search for ways to be part of the solution. You can help others get through to the time when the virus is under control and we all return to normal life.
In the meantime…
By now we know the things we can do to keep the virus at bay and it’s important to teach our children why we’re following the rules. We can stay home most of the time. Then, when we do venture out, we wear masks to reduce the chance of spreading or catching the illness. We wash our hands regularly and we keep a distance from others at every opportunity. We respect others by doing these things and while none of the restrictions are pleasant, they are worth every bit of effort if the number of cases stays lower. It’s a golden rule idea: treat others the way you’d like to be treated and stay safe.
Support Your Local Businesses
We’ve all seen local businesses with closed signs. Many were forced to shut down entirely or were only allowed to do partial business for the past months. This is especially true for food service businesses. While large food chains may suffer during this pandemic, it is small locally-owned businesses that are at greatest risk of permanent closure. Whenever possible, patronize those small, local businesses. Buy your morning coffee, order your take-out meals or get a socially-distanced hair cut from your small, locally-owned shop. Your effort may help keep their doors open until the pandemic is over.
Check on Friends, Neighbors and the Elderly
In this time of extreme isolation, many people are totally alone. Make the effort to call or otherwise contact your friends, neighbors and especially aged folks who may not be reaching out for the support they need. Get your kids involved in this caring project. Make a list of folks you care about and who may be needy in this time. Be sure to ask questions to learn whether your friends need help in procurement of food, medicines or other important day to day necessities. And just take the time to talk with them and allow them the benefit of contact with other human beings.
Support Food Banks and Other Agencies
Every town and every city has some sort of food bank to provide for those in need. In every area these agencies are at their breaking point in terms of the surge in requests for help. Many small food banks have sprung up in public areas because of the huge need for help in this time when many have lost their incomes. People are asked to donate food items to these small food banks or are free to take some items for their next meal. This is your family’s opportunity to donate goods or financial help to food banks, restaurants or schools which are going the extra mile to feed their communities.
Keep on the lookout for ways your family can support those in need. Does an elderly neighbor need help with yard work? Do they need someone to pick up medications or groceries? Does the neighborhood park need a trash clean-up? Keeping your kids involved in the community is a great way to build the caring and responsibility you want to encourage, especially in times when everyone is experiencing the pressure of the pandemic.
There’s no better feeling than giving of your time, energy or money to help others. This pandemic can weigh us down with grief and loneliness, but let’s not let that happen. Let’s find ways to be part of the solution to living well during this especially difficult time. Let’s give and bring hope to others.
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