Top o’ the morning/afternoon to you! What a weird time. I’m operating with a slight but consistent undercurrent of anxiety that I don’t usually carry with me, but I figure this is normal for the moment. I’m lucky that I can mostly maintain my “normal” by working at home, but (like everyone, I’m sure) am worried about my friends and folks who cannot. While my anxiety spikes when I think of the health and economic impacts of this pandemic, it’s comforting to know there are things we can do to help so here’s my little list (with some Ottawa links for locals):
- Practice social distancing! Stay home unless you must go out (and thank all the folks who are working at grocery stores, pharmacies, in health care, etc. who are out there helping while those of us who can stay home).
- Donate to your local food bank & community partners
- Donate blood – it is still safe to do so, and Canadian Blood Services is worried about a shortage with so many folks cancelling donor appointments during the pandemic.
- Support small businesses: get takeout from a local spot and produce from farm vendors, buy gift cards, pay for a service that you have to cancel if you are able to, order beer, wine, or cider online from your fave local producers…there are so many ways to support our indie spots.
- Edible Ottawa has pulled together a great list of local food businesses we can still purchase from and support (all while maintaining our social distance, of course!).
- Amy has started a spreadsheet (that you can add to!) of small businesses nation-wide and how you can purchase from them/any promotions during this time (check the tabs to browse/add by province and territory).
What are you finding helpful and/or reassuring these days?Continue reading