This time has affected all of us emotionally, physically, and financially. When it may be hard to make light of our world right now, supporting your town and your local community can make a world of a difference. Here are a few ways you can help your local community during these tough times.
Help local food pantries.
To support families in need of food, contact your local food pantry to see what is in need. According to Feeding America, it may be better to donate money to a food bank or pantry. When you give money instead of your dry and canned goods, food pantries that work with larger manufacturers can buy more food for a much cheaper price. Donating also gives food pantries the ability to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables rather than processed dry and canned foods.
Check in on friends and family.
Just because you can’t see your friends and family in person right now, doesn’t mean you can’t keep in touch. Block off an hour in your schedule to reach out to the people who mean the most. Send a call, text, or even a letter to ask how they’re doing, and let them know you’re there to support them. Do whatever you can to stay connected, and keep communication in those important relationships. The longer you go without seeing each other, the more epic and exciting your reunion is going to be!
Support local businesses.
With stores, restaurants, and recreational buildings being closed during this time, it has financially impacted small businesses across the globe. Local businesses are so important for local economies to bring growth to the community. Supporting local businesses can be as simple as going to a family owned coffee shop instead of a large retailer. Or, buying produce from a farmers market instead of the grocery store. Even though some businesses may be closed, do some searching to figure out if the company is offering curbside pickup or takeout. We need our local businesses, and they need us!
With all the information being thrown at us constantly, it can be hard to know what to believe. Social media doesn’t help when online sources may be posting articles for clicks and views. Instead of getting anxious over tweets on Twitter and ads on Facebook, stick to the credible sources. Refer to your state department of health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The more educated the members in your community are, the faster they can get back on track!
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