Even though we have to keep our distance, we're all in this together. Our heroes - including those in the medical field, at the grocery stores, in the UPS trucks, and in their homes teaching remotely - are out there helping. Between navigating social distancing rules, remote learning, working from home and other major life changes, many of us want to lend a hand, too, but do not know how.
Even if we cannot help save a life (beyond following social distancing rules), we may be able to help save a business. Here's how.
Google your favorite small businesses. Various review platforms, like Yelp!, will appear in your search results. Leave positive reviews. Be detailed. Describe a favorite menu item, or two or three. Include a picture of a new outfit you purchased from a local retailer. Even if these businesses are closed for now, like perhaps your local salon, leave a review so that when they reopen, new clients can discover what makes them special.
Curbside & Delivery
We are facing a time when different rules in different locations dictate our actions. Beyond the rules, families across the street from each other will make different choices about how to keep themselves and others safe. Some people are comfortable ordering for curbside and delivery services. Others are not. Those comfortable can use curbside and delivery services. Others can consider ordering gift cards by phone for delivery via mail or to be held at the store for the time being.
For those of us not in fields deemed essential, it can be difficult to find ways to help. Supporting our local businesses is one way we can make a difference. If you have more ideas, please share in the comments or on our Facebook page.