Ways to Lend a Hand (Without Actually Touching Anyone) in Response to COVID-19

Since news broke that schools will be closing, along with restaurants and other local establishments, so many people have been asking, “How Can I Help?” We have compiled a list of ways to help from the safety of your home (and car)!

1.) Help families experiencing food insecurity – Greater Chicago Food Depository

2.) Write cards and draw pictures to be distributed to Lutheran Home. Send cards and pictures to:

Attn: Marc R. or Beth

Lutheran Home

800 W. Oakton, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

3.) Purchase gift cards for local businesses to use when social distancing recommendations are lifted.

4.) Donate gift cards or directly order from Amazon Wish List to Journey’s the Road Home, a social service agency for those that are homeless or risk becoming homeless.

5.) Drop off nonperishable food and toiletry items at Wheeling Township Food Pantry, 1616 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004. Word is they are particularly in need of flour, sugar, canned meat products, and of course toilet paper and paper towels (no OTC medication accepted).

6.) Look up your local community agencies, and most will have an update regarding COVID-19. In this update, there may be an option to donate or ways to offer additional assistance in this challenging time.

7.) If you’re looking to help provide snacks to families who normally rely on school-based food resources during this time when school is closed, please contact Yeulanda Degala for drop-off location and any additional questions.

8.) Write a note with your contact information to check in with neighbors on your street, particularly those that may be more vulnerable, to see if they need help with groceries or other needed items.

We are aware there are SO many ways to help, these are just a few ideas that have come our way. Stay safe and healthy!

A few more quotes on community and helping one another:

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate action of its members. – Coretta Scott King

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

“We cannot afford to be separate. . . . We have to see that all of us are in the same boat.” – Dorothy Height

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’.” – Mister Rogers