Alone We Can Do So Little, Together We Can Do So Much!
The coronavirus pandemic has been causing plenty of concern and worries throughout the Rogue Valley in recent days. We know that many of our community members have been struggling with anxious thoughts. Fortunately for everyone, one of the best remedies for feelings of powerlessness is to help out your friends and neighbors during this challenging time. Anything you can do to make things a little less stressful for others can go a long way, especially for those in high-risk groups.
That said, it is important to remember that the #1 thing we can all do to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s recommendations by social distancing, staying home as much as possible, and washing our hands. In order to help bring us all together, we’ve compiled a list of easy ways to help others during the coronavirus outbreak, most of which can all be done from the comfort of your home.
BUY GIFT CARDS TO LOCAL BUSINESSES
With most non-essential businesses like restaurants, bars, and stores closing, these establishments and the local people who own them are going to be hit pretty hard. To help lessen the burden and give these businesses much-needed cash flow, consider purchasing a gift card to your favorite local spots. This may seem like a small gesture, but it could make the difference in a business owner’s ability to pay their bills on time.
Offer to SHOP FOR AT-RISK NEIGHBORS
The elderly (aged 60+) and those with compromised immune systems are considered to be more at risk of serious illness from contracting COVID-19, according to CDC. If you have a neighbor, friend, or family member who lives in a separate household that falls into one (or both!) of these categories, offer to pick up the supplies they need such as groceries, prescriptions, living supplies. You will be empowering them to limit their exposure to those who may be carriers of the virus.
Don’t Be A Hoarder
We all know the situation, store shelves are sitting barren of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and other supplies. Hoarding these items means you are preventing your fellow community members from having access to them. It is important that we start thinking of the community as a whole. Every choice we make could impact others down the line within the community. People who may not have the same access to resources as you do, or who may be compromised by the virus.
DONATE TO THE ASHLAND FOOD BANK
With schools closed and many hourly employees left with no pay, our local food banks are going to be feeling extra pressure. If you have the means to do so, consider donating to the Ashland Food Bank to ensure they are well stocked throughout this crisis. As of 3/19, the Ashland Food Bank is not accepting food donations but is asking for financial donations so they can manage their supply more easily without having any direct contact with the public.
It can be hard, but distancing yourself socially is one of the best things you can do to combat the spread of COVID-19. The CDC recommends that you stay home as much as possible and avoid group gatherings to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Blood drives across the country are being canceled every day which has led the American Red Cross with major concerns about its blood supply levels. There’s been no evidence that the coronavirus can be transmitted through blood, and medical professionals are calling on the public to go donate blood safely. Healthy, eligible individuals can schedule a blood or platelet donation appointment at RedCrossBlood.org.
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