“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” 

– Maya Angelou

Food Banks: Donate food & money

Weekdays

Many local food banks, like Boca Helping Hands, are now making both packaged hot meals and pantry bags available only via pick-up or drive-thru service. While you're running to the store, consider grabbing a little extra for those in need. Contact your local food bank to find out how you can help. If you live in Palm Beach County, consider supporting Boca Helping Hands. 

Send drawings to local nursing homes

Any day!

Most nursing homes have had to close their doors to visitors as a measure to protect residents from coronavirus. Give your children a fun activity of creating artwork for their local senior neighbors! You don't have to know someone at your neighborhood nursing home - just find an address and send an envelope full of artwork! Residents will undoubtedly appreciate cards and artwork from... anyone. If there isn't a nursing home in your area, you can send a letter through an organization called Love for the Elderly.

Help others in your community

Any day!

Former First Lady Michelle Obama suggested all sorts of ways to help the community during these times. On her Instagram page, Obama mentioned everything from volunteering with food distribution programs to asking teachers if they need help to reaching out to parents whose kids are out of school.

She also noted that picking up groceries for at-risk and older citizens, donating food to hospitals and fire stations, buying gift cards from local businesses, making a donation at a food bank, ordering take-out and delivery, continuing to pay people (hairstylist, nail tech, barber) as if your appointments happened, and tipping delivery people are good ways to help the community as well.

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