We know many of our El Cerrito community members are wondering how they can help others right now, so here are a few ideas that are not only great for others, but good for your heart too:
• Check on your neighbors. Contact your neighbors, especially elderly neighbors, to make sure they are okay and do not need anything.
Help supply each other’s needs. We are trying to not go out much, so someone might be short on certain items – toilet paper, paper towels, flour, cleansers, etc. If you feel safe, you can visit through screen doors. If not, make a porch drop off so there is no contact.
• Give blood. The San Diego Blood Bank reports that their blood supplies are critically low. All healthy, eligible individuals are encouraged to schedule a blood or platelet donation Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. The need for blood is constant, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions.
• Explore ways to connect and volunteer. Nonprofits are working to continue to run their programs and may need extra help.
• Donate food and money. If you are able to without shorting your own stock, donate food items to groups and churches that are helping supply food to more people right now or make money donations.
• Take care of yourself and your family! Make sure your family’s needs are covered. Reach out for help if you need anything. You can only help others when your household is healthy and its needs are covered.
—Laura Riebau writes on behalf of the El Cerrito Community Council.