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How You Can Help During the Coronavirus Pandemic

There are several ways in which you can help your community and those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. They include things you can do for yourself that have an impact on others, things you can do for others, and ways you can donate to help others.

One of the tricky parts of helping during this time is the requirement for social distancing from the people who might be most in need. It’s not recommended to just hand things to someone or get close enough to help them in other ways, especially when you follow social distancing guidelines. But there are still ways to help.

Social Distancing

The main way you can have an impact on others is by practicing social distancing when you go out in public. Even if you don’t feel sick or have not been around anyone else in more than two weeks, your practicing social distancing can make those around you feel more comfortable about being out themselves.

Donations

  1. A way you can do something that has an impact on others is by donating blood or platelets. The Red Cross has an ongoing need for blood and platelet donations. To donate blood or platelets, the Red Cross recommends booking an appointment on its website at least two weeks in advance. Blood is needed for trauma patients and platelets are needed for cancer patients. Donating blood is an essential activity, according to the CDC, and the Red Cross checks the temperature of anyone entering a donation site.
  2. To donate directly to people who have been laid off or furloughed, one way is making donations to STL Virtual Tip Jar. Employees in the service industry are some of the hardest hit by layoffs from temporary business closures. The Tip Jar was started by a former server to match service industry workers laid off or furloughed with those who want to tip them.
  3. Citizen-led organizations have been created to help with nationwide shortages of personal protective equipment for health care workers. These sites include GetusPPE, DonatePPE and Mask Match.
  4. To help feed the homeless you can drop off groceries at the St. Patrick Center, a St. Louis hub for homeless services that has a grocery store wish list to help with the free meals it offers. The donation center is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  5. For those who would like to donate pet food for pet owners who might be unable to afford dog or cat food, you can donate to Stray Rescue of St. Louis’ food pantry.

Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list of ways you can help during this pandemic; there are many deserving and wonderful organizations in the St. Louis community that need your support!

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