Right now, everyone is struggling. Introverts and extroverts alike are feeling the shift from normal, everyday life to this strange new normal that, no matter how long it goes on, just doesn’t feel right. We’re all in the same boat, paddling to get to shore, even though it sometimes feels impossibly far away. For people who thrive on human connection and helping others but are unable to leave their homes, this is an especially rough time.
Here are some ways you can exercise your giving muscle while staying safe and ensuring the safety of others within your walls:
1. Make masks. Right now, making cloth masks for people on the front lines of this crisis is all the rage. And it’s one trend I can get behind 100 percent. There are several ways to create masks, and tons of great tutorials like this one to guide you through it. Once you’re done, you can send them to local nonprofits, hospitals, health professionals, first responders, store employees – anyone you think might be in need. Be sure to call ahead to figure out a safe way to get your masks to those who need them the most.
2. Donate to a local nonprofit. Nonprofits are being hit hard by this crisis. Whether it's because of increased man-hours or the inability to fundraise, these organizations are struggling to make ends meet. Donating to your local nonprofits could make a big difference in making sure they can keep their doors open after this pandemic has ended.
3. Order food! Never has ordering delivery been as noble as it is right now. Many smaller restaurants are hurting right now, and giving them business is a huge way to help them make it through this and come out the other side.
4. Take part in virtual offerings. Many small businesses are offering virtual versions of their services. If you would usually go to a yoga class every Tuesday, try the virtual class being offered online instead.
5. Buy gift cards. Gift cards can be an important source of revenue for small businesses right now. It might be hard to imagine, but this will be over sometime in the near future and, once it is, we can use all the gift cards we got for some great food/experiences, or for gifts for our friends and family.
This is a difficult time, and this is just a short list of ways you can help. There are always more – be creative! We’re in a rough patch as a global family, but we can get through this. One day at a time.
Author: Elaina Lyons
Elaina is the owner of Lyons Share Marketing, LLC, a small business based in Frederick, Maryland. You can reach her by email. Or find Lyons Share on Instagram, Facebook, or on their website to learn more.