With Growing Local Concerns Surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) -- Here are 4 Ways You Can Help Others
With the spread of coronavirus impacting our local area, anxiety is at an all-time high. With fear at the forefront of our minds, there is also a sense of community – a rally-cry of local partner agencies, businesses, and individuals working together to take care of each other.
So, how can you help without increasing the risk of spreading the virus while simultaneously protecting yourself?
From donating money to delivering food, here's how you can do your part to help.
CHECK ON HOUSEBOUND AND ELDERLY NEIGHBORS
To protect you and the housebound individual, give them a call or send them a text. Ask if they need any essentials or if they have enough food, etc. and leave it at their front door. Communicating and taking care of our neighbors is something we can do all year long.
GIVE SUPPLIES TO LOCAL FOODBANKS
With many store shelves feeling bare, and the amount of panic stockpiling taking place – area food banks are struggling more than ever with the growing demand for their services. So, the next time you find yourself at the store, consider purchasing additional products and produce (sustainably) for area food banks like the Voluntary Action Center, a United Way partner.
Your gift to United Way supports the Voluntary Action Center who serves free daily meals and donates food to the community via their food bank.
Blood is always in high demand, but the combination of social isolating and quarantining, plus increased admissions to hospitals, means that a severe shortage could be very possible. Right now, the American Red Cross strongly urges healthy, eligible individuals to schedule a blood, platelet or AB Elite plasma donation appointment to help maintain a sufficient blood product supply and avoid any potential shortages. The Red Cross also urges organizations to maintain scheduled blood drives. Donating is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood or platelets.
Cold and flu season has already impacted the nation’s ability to maintain its blood product supply. As the number of coronavirus cases grows in the U.S., the number of people eligible to give blood and platelets for patients in need could decrease further, which is why the Red Cross is urging all eligible, healthy donors to give now.
Your gift to United Way ensures that our partner agencies, like the Red Cross, are there to help in the event of a crisis.
For reliable and trusted sources please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Department of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and local city and county health departments.