As a registered nurse, I have always felt a deep desire to help people. In light of the current times, that desire is stronger than ever. However, I can’t seem but to feel a bit helpless. You see, about a year ago, I took a calculated step back from working to stay at home and raise my family. Deep down in my heart of hearts, I know I am doing my part in all of this by staying at home and taking care of my family. This is where I am supposed to be right now.
Yet, I still feel a strong call to action.
I thought it might be helpful to put together a list for some ways you can help. If I know one thing about my fellow Westchester friends, I know you feel strongly about doing something to help too.
Aside from staying at home, you can…
1. Donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Think gloves, masks, or make your own mask if you are crafty. I went down into my basement, and I was able to dig up one unused N95 mask. Yes, it was only ONE. And off it went into the hands of someone who needed it.
2. Donate blood to the American Red Cross as they need blood at this time.
3. Offer to pick up groceries for the elderly or those who work on the front line, especially if you are already making a trip out to the grocery store.
4. Donate unused baby monitors. Many hospitals are looking for creative ways to check in on their COVID positive patients while trying to limit the number of times they have to enter a patient’s room.
5. Donate extra scrubs! In fact, I have some extra scrubs in my attic. I plan on donating in the next few weeks. If anyone is in need and comments on here, I’d be happy to arrange a drop-off.
6. Offer childcare to a neighbor or friend who works in healthcare. Some healthcare workers might not be able to give availability to the hospital because they are the primary caregivers for their children.
7. Email or call your local legislator to urge the production and distribution of adequate PPE for those working on the front lines.
8. Order takeout from a local restaurant to support a business and then donate it to a hospital, police department, fire station, or even a grocery store. These necessary workers would be thrilled to have a free meal and know that they are being thought of.
9. Have your kids write a letter and send it to the residents who live in a local nursing home. Many of these long term care residences are on lockdown and are missing that piece of social interaction. They may not even be able to travel off of their floor to the cafeteria or common room.
10. Consider making a monetary donation to those organizations or hospitals whose specific mission is the COVID battle.