We know how much you love our Charleston community, and you can still give back during this time while maintaining social distancing recommendations. Here are seven ways you can help even as you hunker down:
Donate to a food pantry or shelter. Covenant House provides shelter, food, and crisis care for runaway youths and the homeless. Throughout this period, they will continue to partner with Manna Meal for food pantry distribution. It’s easy to make a monetary donation to either organization here or here.
Sew a mask for a healthcare worker. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) is asking volunteers who sew to make masks for hospital and health care workers. Check out the CAMC Mask Making Program for more info.
Make an appointment to give blood. All donation centers have specific precautions in place and healthy individuals are encouraged to donate blood and platelets in the days and weeks ahead. Check out the American Red Cross West Virginia Region webpage to make an appointment. Not able to donate blood or platelets? The Red Cross accepts monetary donations through its website, too.
Send a smile to a senior. Throughout the Easter season, Gritt’s Midway Greenhouse is offering a service where you can send a tulip, hyacinth, or Easter lily to a senior home or nursing home facility and brighten someone’s day.
Support your local library. All you need is a library card for this one: through online catalog WVDELI, Kanawha County Public Library offers an array of digital options to patrons, including e-books, audiobooks, and movie. You can also make a donation to assist them with their programming and online resources.
Want even more ways to help? Head to our other blogs to find out how you can still support local restaurants, and tend to your bartender through sending digital tips.