Living Local: Ways To Help Your Community During COVID-19 | Maggie Lee

Living Local: Ways To Help Your Community During COVID-19

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Right now, home is the safest place we can be. If you feel called to do more, rest assured, you can still help your community while staying safe during this uncertain time. We compiled some options that’ll help you make a difference.

Donate Blood

Blood drives across the area have been canceled but you may schedule appointments.

Help provide the essentials

Agencies still need funding and essentials like cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, soap and food.

Make masks or donate items to make masks

Help build the supply of needed personal protective equipment. Here’s the CDC pattern.

  • Johnson County – Accepting donated cloth masks and other supplies at the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe. Donations may be dropped off in room 201 in the lower level, during business hours, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Jackson County – The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department Aim4Peace team is collecting donations of homemade masks which will then be distributed throughout the community. Call the Aim4Peace line at 816-352-3069 to schedule a collection time.

Support your local restaurants and small businesses includes a full lineup of restaurants and bars in the area that are offering food delivery and/or curbside pickup. As an added bonus, many restaurants are offering the option to purchase meals for healthcare workers. To support your local artists and makers, visit or your favorite retailer.

Help the hungry

Food pantries still need donations and some students will not have access to food due to schools being closed.

Foster a pet

To reduce the potential strain on shelters, now is a great time to foster a pet. Pets can also offer much-needed companionship while people shelter in place.

Check on your people

Check on family members or friends who are essential workers. Thank them for serving on the frontlines and ask them if there’s anything they need. Check on folks in your neighborhood who can’t get out. See if you can run an errand for them.

Be kind

Most grocery store workers, first responders and healthcare professionals are exhausted and stressed. They’re dealing with the public during a really unfamiliar and chaotic time. Showing them patience and kindness can make a world of difference.