the new year right around the corner (thank goodness!), we’re taking a moment
to share how you can give back this season, while still keeping socially
distant. As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken away so much from so
many; in some cases, the losses have been extreme and immediate, as others
continue to struggle against ongoing economic strain with businesses struggling
to stay open.
other words, there is plenty of need to go around, which means ample opportunities
to give back safely.
Shop Small… and Smart
businesses, in particular, suffered serious losses due to the coronavirus. Many
are struggling to stay afloat and would really benefit from your patronage.
Look to vendors and retailers in your community and show your support by
purchasing from them instead of big-box stores, when possible.
on the current restrictions in your community, you can probably still shop
safely, in person, while wearing masks and being respectful of social
distancing requirements. Some stores might even offer curbside pickup,
following sales made over the phone or online. Take a few minutes to research
what’s available in your neighborhood and show your support to those small
businesses you want to see stay open after this pandemic is finally over.
you have items on your list that cannot be purchased from small businesses or
shopkeepers in your community, make an effort to buy from larger retailers who
are committed to making a positive impact with their profits. Here is a handy
list of companies that give
back a portion of your purchase.
you’re like many of us, you probably have an excess of clothes that you no
longer wear for any number of reasons. Take inventory of your wardrobe and make
a bag of items that are in good condition and might be appreciated by someone
else. Dropping off bags to your local shelter or clothing collection box allows
you to give back to your community while maintaining social distance.
don’t have to stop at clothes either. Books, toys, and even gently used
household items could really make a difference in someone’s holiday this year.
Feed the Need
grocery stores have pre-packaged bags of groceries that you can purchase, which
will then be delivered to those in need this season. If you feel more
comfortable, place an online grocery order for delivery or pick up and be sure
to include plenty of non-perishables that you can drop off to nonprofits in
The Gift of Time
your time or skills remains one of the most impactful ways to give back and
help make a difference. Whether that means masking up and dishing out warm
meals at your community food pantry, donating blood or offering your assistance
or expertise online, there are lots of ways to volunteer, despite current
restrictions. For those who need or prefer to take every precaution and stay
home, All for Good publishes a list of ways you can volunteer
Keep in Touch
we suggest keeping in touch and keeping tabs on those folks in your community
who continue to be very isolated from friends and loved ones during this time.
Whether the elderly or infirm or the spouse of a deployed service member, be
mindful of those around you and watch out for each other.