It’s hard to know exactly what to do. Do I maniacly buy toilet paper and have a throw-down in the hand sanitizer aisle in Shaw’s? Should I be worried about my son’s emotional health because his college has closed down and he may be home for his final term in college before he–maybe–graduates in June?
We work with elderly, sometimes rather fragile, people. We have wonderful volunteers who want to do something to help. How do I put them together in a way that keeps everyone safe and not stir-crazy? Imagine that you live alone on a little dirt road. It’s isolating to begin with, and now you can’t even go to the grocery store without worrying that you will contract the coronavirus. Do our care recipients have enough medications? Is their insurance going to cover two months’ worth?
Honestly, I don’t know. We’re all winging it, aren’t we. If you have free time and want to buy groceries for our care recipients, let me know. If you’d like to make a contribution so care recipients have enough money to pay for food and medicine, use the Donate tab in the menu and make a contribution. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to our elder neighbors, guaranteed.
If you know of an elder who lives alone, give them a call to check in. Buy some supermarket flowers, ring their doorbell, and make their day. Everything we love about living in a small town–our connections to our neighbors, the beautiful places to walk, the compassion we have for one another–is right here around us.
Be well. Do good work. Stay in touch.