One way to stop feeling helpless and move forward through the grief cycle is to become a helper. When I first tried to find ways to help during the Covid-19 pandemic, I struggled to find things that seemed safe for someone at higher risk, like me. As much as I would like to grocery shop for others or deliver meals, I felt my children and I should stay home. Your choices may be different than mine. That’s okay. Does that mean I cannot help from my home? Absolutely not!
Ways to Help During the Covid-19 Pandemic while Staying Home
1. Donate Money or Donate Supplies.
If you’re like me, you have your favorite nonprofit organizations and small businesses. Many nonprofits have been forced to cancel fundraisers and need donations more than ever. Small businesses have adapted and may be offering free delivery. In our community, small businesses have banded together to sell t-shirts with half of the money going to Covid-19 assistance in our community and the other half going to the small business. What a great idea! A lot of organizations have made it possible to order/donate over the phone or online. If you are financially stable right now, this is a good way to help during the Covid-19 pandemic.
2. Be a Social Media Supporter.
Whether you’re in a good spot financially or not, here is one of the easiest ways to help during the Covid-19 pandemic. You know your favorite nonprofits and small businesses you just thought about. Most likely they have a social media presence. Do you follow them? Have you liked, commented on, or shared their posts? Behind each one of those posts is somebody seeking connection. They might be desperately trying to bring in donations/income or perhaps they just want to know that they have been heard. Are you following any bloggers? I can personally attest that my day has been brightened and even turned around by somebody taking the time to interact with my post.
Do you scroll through your social media feed without actually liking or commenting on friends posts? I am guilty of doing this, too. Until the day I was feeling unheard myself, and I realized my blog posts and personal posts were my bids for connection with others. I felt unheard partially because no one was interacting with them. If I was feeling that way, perhaps others were, too. I started being a more active participant on social media. Guess what? A blogger/public speaker that I follow, sent me a personal message thanking me for sharing their post. I turned what I thought was meaningless scrolling into something meaningful.
(A word of caution though, I’ve seen quite a lot of Facebook posts sharing many personal details. Make sure you are being safe in the digital world.)
3. Be a Connection Warrior.
I admit I struggle with this one as an introvert. Extroverts, we might need you to take the lead on this one. Although introverts can do this, too. Be the one to reach out to friends and relatives with a phone call, message, email, or a letter. You can even setup group video chats using Zoom, Google Meet, or Messenger.
Ways to Help During the Covid-19 Pandemic with Minimal Contact
4. Gather Up Items You Have at Home to Donate
A lot of nonprofits rely on donations to keep running. Thinking of decluttering your house? Great! You may have items you can donate to a good cause right now. Here are a list of places that might still be accepting donations. Contact them to see what items they are collecting, but here are some potential items.
Humane Societies/Animal Shelters – Used towels, sheets, and blankets
Shelters and Food Pantries – Extra hotel toiletries (shampoo, lotion, soap) and food from your pantry
Local Mask Maker – Elastic, hair ties, material
You can most likely donate with minimal or no contact. Just ask about it.
5. Be an Assistant to a Mask Maker
We’ve got a wonderful group of seamstresses helping to make cloth masks as a way to help during the Covid-19 pandemic. What if you don’t know how to sew? You can still help a local mask maker by cutting out the material for her/him. Maybe order and have the fabric delivered to your house and do a no contact drop off to their house or some other alternative. Donate money, fabric, or elastic.
I hope this list gave you some ideas for ways to help during the Covid-19 pandemic with minimal or no contact. If you’re watching children at home, unemployed, or at higher risk of complications, you may feel unable to help. Remember one small act of kindness can change a person’s day. And as always, remember staying home is helping others. You are saving lives.
P.S. I know our lives have been turned upside down. You may be feeling that this is not the life you planned. I’d like to share my post that is at the heart of my blog. Perhaps this post will offer you encouragement and hope, I Just Want to be a Normal Mom.