As the numbers keep rising, it’s easy to feel hopeless and helpless and it’s understandable to feel that way. We always recommend taking care of your own mental health. If you feel the need to help others at this time (and if you can, you should!) here are 10 Ways to Help Others Through COVID-19.
This week we launched #HeartsForHealthcare. Healthcare providers are on the frontline of this pandemic, saving lives and making the world a safer place for us all. Let’s show them how much we care by giving them a little of our heart as thanks. Nominate an amazing healthcare worker here. Each Friday we will pick a name at random and ship a handmade heart paperweight to them to share some cheer and say thank you. Let’s show our appreciation to these amazing individuals!
2. Make Medical Masks & Donate Medial Supplies
Hospitals are low on resources but you can help. Face masks are easy to make using a simple pattern and inexpensive cotton fabric. Learn how here. Joann Crafts also offers different patterns and has videos showing the process here. A quick Google search will give you information on the best way to donate medical supplies to local hospitals. Information on how to donate to hospitals in Southeast Michigan can be found here or you can email [email protected].
3. Mutual Aid
4. Donate Blood
5. Send Well Wishes
With so many people in the hospital and unable to have visitors, they could use a bit of cheer. Henry Ford Health System allows you to send well wishes to patients and team members! Keep spirits up and send some kind words here.
Your community needs your help. If you’re willing and able to safely volunteer, it’s a great thing to consider. Much help is needed in healthcare and the elderly need assistance. This is the time for us to come together and do what we can. Find local volunteer opportunities here. Facebook also has a new community help feature you can read about here. If you have an elderly, disabled or immunocompromised neighbor, consider running some errands for them if you’re already heading out. A little goes a long way!
7. Send a Card
Send a greeting card to a loved one. It’s a small gesture, but it let’s them know you’re thinking of them while you’re apart and will definitely be appreciated. Make your own or order a free pack of cards from Hallmark. You’re sure to brighten someone’s day!
8. Help the Humane Society
As you know, epiphany is a partner of Michigan Humane Society. A portion of the proceeds from our pet-themed items helps fund their mission. MHS’ services were deemed essential by the Governor. Their veterinary centers remain open to address emergency and urgent issues. Field Services is still responding to cruelty and emergency situations. The Pet Food Pantry remains open to keep pets with their families. All this hard work needs our support! So, if a cute little sleeping glass kitty is calling out to live with you, you’re not only helping us, you’re supporting the Michigan Humane Society. Today through April 26 Michigan Humane Society has a $20,000 matching opportunity thanks to Katie and Erik Abraham. Please consider making a $10.00 donation or more to assist MHS in capitalizing on this matching gift. You may do so here or by calling 248-283-5631 and mention Abraham Match.
9. Give to Food Banks
People with low incomes that are out of work due to the virus will need more help than ever. Consider donating to local food banks to make a difference. Click here to find food banks near you.
10. Share Positivity
There’s a lot of fear, anger and uncertainty and between the news and social media, we’re all drowning in it. Take a minute to share some positivity. Check in with a friend by sending a nice message. Post a picture of your pets or some pretty flowers. Anything happy to break through the constant noise is helpful – even if it only reaches one person! Here are some feel good stories to help inspire. It’s a challenging time for all of us but there’s still a lot of good in the world.
The Best Posts from the Museum Security Guard Who’s taken Over Social Media
Good News Network
Busch is Giving Away Three-Month Supply of Beer to People Who Foster or Adopt a Dog
Distilleries Making Hand Sanitizer to Fight COIVID-19
The Office’s John Krasinski launched a YouTube channel dedicated to good news
Feel free to share more feel good stories in the comments!
However you can help counts!
These are just a few ways you can help your community. Every little bit helps and no gesture is too small. At the very least, please stay inside except for making trips for essentials and when you do go out practice social distancing. This is a challenge for all of us, but we can make it through this! Please post in the comments if you have other ideas on how to help.
We know this has been a challenging time for everyone. If you are struggling at this time, visit this website or and Ark Behavioral Health for mental health resources. Don’t forget to take care of yourself!