an open letter amid CVOID

It goes without saying that 2020 has not been the year we all expected. Not only was it a new year, but a new decade. The end of 2019 was all a-buzz, and it wasn’t just the usual Holiday cheer. There’s something comforting about a new year – it almost acts a clean slate. We all had new goals, new hopes, dreams, plans. But all those came to a screeching halt with the pandemic.

At best, your stuck at home. At worst, you or your loved one is sick or dying. And in between are those that lost their jobs, those that had to close the doors on their small business, those struggling to feed their families, those putting their own health at risk for the rest of us.

To suffer something so collectively on such a global scale is incredible – in both the best and worst way. I hope that this brings us all closer together and that this terrible thing we faced will help us see eye to eye. But that’s up to us.

Until we come out on the other side, there are SO many organizations and businesses that need us. It’s time for us all to step up in ANY way we can. Whether it’s donating money to global organizations like Doctors Without Borders or supporting your local restaurants with takeout dinner, you CAN make a difference. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Help those on the front lines by donating to the CDC
  • Have a sewing machine? Make a face mask!
  • Donate clothing or basic supplies to a local shelter
  • Tune in to virtual events like concerts or musicians
  • Deliver meals with organizations like Fueling the Fearless to your local hospital
  • You can also help to feed our seniors who are most at risk by donating to Meals on Wheels
  • Shop small shop local!
  • Add some beauty to your home and support local artisans
  • Treat yourself to a date night in and order take out from a local restaurant
  • But first, pick up a cocktail to-go at your favorite local bar
  • Leave reviews for your favorite businesses!
  • Buy gift cards to use later or stock up for Holiday shopping
  • Donate to The Salvation Army who are helping to support the homeless
  • Send a tip to your hairstylist or esthetician before your next appointment
  • Give blood. Local blood drives can be found through the American Red Cross
  • Donate to the Good+Foundation, a national nonprofit supporting low-income parents and caregivers

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