The Covid-19 pandemic has created a “new normal” for everyone. Not one of us has been completely unaffected. We are all having to make changes, and for some it is worse than for others. That is why it is vital for us to remember that we truly are all in this together. Whether you need support or you are wondering how you can assist others, now is the time for neighbors to be there for one another. Here are some ways we can all help each other:
Check on Your Neighbors
Call or text your neighbors to find out how they are doing and if there is anything they need. This is especially important if you have elderly neighbors who may not be able to get out for supplies, while also not having the technological savvy to order things online. If you have something they need, or you can get it, you can leave it for them on their porch so that you maintain social distance guidelines. If nothing else, you will enjoy engaging socially, albeit from a distance. Another way to find out how neighbors are doing is to create or join a social media group together. Many neighborhoods have their own Facebook pages that are private just for the members.
While the idea of anything “medical” related can be scary right now, the Red Cross is in greater need of blood than ever due to fewer people being willing or able to donate. Per a Red Cross Press Release, “Right now, the American Red Cross encourages healthy, eligible individuals to schedule a blood or platelet donation appointment at redcrossblood.org to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and avoid any potential shortages. Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. The need for blood is constant, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions.”
Be a Leader
Organize events that your neighbors can participate in while maintaining social distancing guidelines. Activities that engage children will be especially appreciated by their parents! Here are a few ideas for you:
- A Sidewalk Chalk Art Show
- Going on a Bear Hunt (People place stuffed bears in their windows for children to “find”.)
- Book Swap (Place books on a little table in front of your house for people to pick up…just be sure that if you are picking up books, you sanitize them and wash your hands when you get them home)
- Collect Food for Food Bank – provide a box where people can place non-perishable items for you to take to a food bank or homeless shelter.
Recruit Shoppers for People Who Can’t Get Out – Perhaps there are people in your neighborhood who can’t go out because they are elderly, handicapped, immunosuppressed, or sick. You and other neighbors, who can go out to shop, can pick up things for them and deliver them to their porches.
Respect Your Neighbors’ Space – For many people, the only time the get out of the house right now is when they go for a walk or bike ride in the neighborhood. When you see a person or family walking, be sure to stay at least six feet away from them. You may have to cross to the other side of the street or wait for them to pass. But it is important that everyone maintain a safe distance. In addition, where a face covering when out in public. If you don’t have a mask, you can make one out of items you have at home. How to Make a No Sew Face Mask
This pandemic is definitely changing things, but we can be better for it by doing our part to take care of one another!
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