Ways to help during the pandemic

April 16, 2020 | by Edward-Elmhurst Health

Mr. Rogers famously recalled when he was a boy seeing scary news and his mother comforted him by saying: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

The same can be said today as we all struggle to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Now’s the time to look for the helpers.

Our healthcare workers are helpers — and true heroes. Every day, they put their own health at risk as they care for the ill.

You can be a helper, too. What can you do? Consider these eight suggestions for ways to help during the pandemic:

  1. Stay at home. One way you can help is by following stay-at-home orders to stop the spread of the virus. Don’t leave home unless you must, and when you do, stay at least 6 feet away from anyone outside of your household. Wash your hands often and cover your coughs and sneezes with your bent elbow.
  2. Donate personal protective equipment (PPE):  Healthcare workers directly caring for people with COVID-19 must wear full PPE (e.g., gowns, gloves, N95 masks). Edward-Elmhurst Health is accepting all commercially and homemade PPE as emergency back-up supplies. If you have new, unused equipment and would like to donate, we can receive your donation in a safe manner at our loading docks. Learn more.
  3. Check in on neighbors and friends. Schedule regular check-ins with friends and family through text, phone or video. Offer to leave groceries at an older neighbor’s doorstep. Order take-out dinner and drop it off at a friend’s house. We’re in this together so let’s support each other as much as possible.
  4. Donate food. Our hospital staff and first responders are working around the clock and greatly appreciate donations of commercially prepared meals. Given the need to keep our front lines safe, please email your offer to Donations@EEHealth.org and we will contact you to coordinate. Also consider donating gift cards and grocery items to your local food pantry for community members in need.
  5. Support your local businesses: Local businesses are hurting now but there are ways to help them stay afloat. Order curbside pick-up or delivery from your favorite restaurants or buy gift cards/certificates at your local hair or nail salon. Reschedule rather than cancel future events at your favorite venues.
  6. Donate blood:  While we all work to contain the spread of COVID-19 there is still a critical need for blood donations. If you are healthy and able to give blood, consider doing so. Blood donations are allowed under the stay-at-home order and special precautions are being taken to maintain social distancing and sanitation requirements. View upcoming blood drives.
  7. Adopt or foster an animal in need. Now is a good time to consider opening your home to a new pet or foster animal. It’s good for the animal in need and for your own mental health. Most animal shelters are also accepting donations of cleaning supplies, food, toys, litter, leashes, etc. to be dropped off safely at the door. Reach out to your local shelter for more information.
  8. Help raise funds for your local health system: The spread of COVID-19 has placed significant strain on health systems. If you’re able to make a COVID-19 monetary donation to the Edward Foundation and Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation, we would be grateful for your support. Learn more about ways to give.

Edward-Elmhurst Health is working hard to keep the community safe and we are overwhelmed by the support of this community and grateful to you for your help.

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