Below are a few ways to Preserve the Good in your community in these tough time:
Contact your local schools and sign up to volunteer with food distribution program. Know a teacher or two? Reach out and ask how you can help.
Call the parents you know who are figuring out this new normal – offer to give their kids a lesson or read a story.
Offer to pick up groceries for your most at-risk and older neighbors by leaving a note on their door. Search online and get involved with neighborhood groups that may already be assisting.
Call your local hospital or fire station and ask if you can order takeout for staff from a local restaurant, or donate to restaurants that are already offering free meals to first responders and families in need.
If you're able, buy gift certificates from your favorite local businesses and save them for later, or give them as gifts right now to your grocery store cashier, mail carrier, or anyone else providing vital services in your community.
If you can, go online and make a donation to your local food bank.
If you're able, send payments to your hairstylist, barber, and nail technician as if you were keeping your appointments.
Order takeout or delivery on the nights you used to eat out and tip big to your delivery person. Some restaurants are selling off their food stock to help cash flow – check in at your neighborhood spots and buy from them when you can.
One more thing…Be gentle with yourself. It's normal to feel overwhelmed and afraid. It's okay to say "I need help." We can all take turns lifting each other up.