When you are reading this piece, we all are fighting with a global pandemic- novel Coronavirus or COVID-19. Most of the countries have imposed lockdown in a bid to stem the spread of the virus while medics are working tirelessly for those who are infected. Amid all the suffering and anxiety caused by the coronavirus pandemic, some of us are beginning to feel useless as we are passing these tumultuous days at our homes. Well, aside from the fact that right now staying at home and ensuring social distance is our most important social duty, we can actually do a lot more to help some of the most vulnerable of our society in these unfamiliar times. You do not have to wear capes always to be a hero; all you need is to think like one. Below are the 4 ways you can help the needy ones to cope with the COVID-19 crisis:
Raise A Fund
We are navigating through a difficult time which requires an emergency response. With everything closed, a lot of people are worried about their day to day expenses. A collective approach can be an excellent solution for an upcoming emergency. What better way to ensure it than coming together to raise a fund.
Little drops of water make a mighty ocean- so just approach everyone you know humbly and ask them to contribute even if the amount is small. You cannot go out? No problem-just use the mobile money system and your emergency fund is ready!!
Feeding Poor And Hungry People
The cities are locked down. Day laborers are the worst sufferers as they had to halt their vital works. It is important to serve the community you belong to. Volunteers are working tirelessly to supply basics to these people. Try to give donation to these volunteers, there is always a need. Now that you are at home, you can go one step ahead, cook nourishing dishes and deliver them free to those most in need.
Safeguard Older Persons
As the coronavirus spread across the globe, it is becoming more and more apparent that older people with underlying health conditions are the most vulnerable. To ensure emotional, mental and physical well being of our seniors during these difficult days should be our primary focus now. If you have older persons at your home, make sure to take care of all their needs and ensure their protection from the danger of this virus. Reach out to the elder people of your locality and your neighborhood- ask them if they need anything. Trust me; you can make a lot of difference to their mental and emotional well being by simply looking out for them.
Take Care Of The Animals
Coronavirus lockdown has resulted in an absence of food for animals including street dogs, cats, cows and birds. You can easily look after them by leaving dry food for them while you go out for your essential errands. You can help animal welfare organizations around you too so they can ensure food for stray animals. At a time like this, kindness should be spread to all species.
American politician Bob Riley once rightly said: “Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed”. We are all in this together. So what are you waiting for? Follow your instincts today and reach out to those who are in need.