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Helping your community in a time of crisis

We are all affected in one way or another by COVID19.  Now is the time that you make a difference by helping your family, friends and community.  Here are ways to give something to the community.

Give to your local food bank:

Local food banks have seen triple in demand just this past week. The Food Bank of the RGV is actively seeking donations. As more and more people lose their jobs, the need for food assistance will not go away anytime soon.  To give, visit The Food Bank of the RGV website for more information.

Donate blood:

With thousands of blood drives across the country canceled because of the COVID 19 outbreak, the blood centers announced last week that the US is facing a “severe blood shortage”. The organizations encouraged anyone who is healthy and eligible to give blood or platelets, to make an appointment to donate. Contact Vitalant to schedule your appointment.

Buy Gift Cards for Local Restaurants and Service Providers:

Your locally owned restaurants are most likely struggling to survive. You can buy gift cards now to redeem later. This not only provides you (or your recipient) a special treat, it helps the restaurant with revenue now.

While you’re buying gift cards, think about your hairdresser, barbers, massage therapist, pet groomer and other service providers. These hardworking service providers can’t provide services due to social distancing. They may also sale gift cards for future use.

Perform Random Acts of Kindness:

Practicing random acts of kindness is perhaps the most needed during the COVID19 pandemic. Many of us have family and friends that are facing this alone. It’s hard to imagine facing this without someone close by.

You can make a difference. Have groceries or a meal delivered.  When you go shopping, ask if you can also shop for them.   Send gift cards so they can acquire what they need online. Call, text, FaceTime your family and friends more often than you normally would.  This will help you and help anyone facing the pandemic alone. One small act of kindness could be all it takes to give someone hope.

We all the power to do this. Kindness cost us nothing. Yet it’s worth everything.

Regardless of how you decide to help your community, remember we are in this together. Remember, together, small acts make a huge difference in our community.

Written by Wendy Van Den Boogerd, Content Writer / Blogger