We discover just how tight-knit our communities are in the face of a pandemic. How, despite social distancing measures, people and businesses team up for the local good and give what they can to get through a crisis.
Leading the charge are local beauty brands Wakse and Non Gender Specific, who have opened donation pages through which customers can send critically-needed N95 masks to any of the 7,000-plus hospitals that urgently need them. Customers can purchase the masks at $1.50 a piece (the same price Wakse and Non Gender Specific paid) and can donate as many masks as they'd like. The minimum donation is 20 masks due to packaging.
Boston-based footwear company OOFOS is also giving back to nurses and other medical professionals in their time of need—it's dropped 1,000 pairs of shoes to caregivers around the country, Atlanta included. But that's not the only way nurses can get a pair of the shoes—they can go to OOFOS to select their pair, and upon checkout select "RealID.me" to input their medical identification number to get the offer.
Crocs is also donating free shoes to healthcare workers working on the frontlines. Request a pair here.
One of the hardest-hit industries in Atlanta (as everywhere) is food service. Beyond supporting your favorite establishments by purchasing gift cards and merchandise, you can give back by supporting the Giving Kitchen, which provides emergency financial support and a community resources to the Atlanta food-service community. Show your support by making a direct donation or volunteering.
The United Way of Greater Atlanta is helping, among other ways, with school meal distribution. Head to its website to discover all of its volunteer opportunities. You can also find ways to help out at the American Red Cross.
The homeless population is in even greater need during this pandemic, as the cost of meals, shelter and facilities goes up. Awareness is ever-important. Learn more about urgent needs and how you can help the Atlanta Mission, Gateway Center and HOPE Atlanta.
Man's best friends also need extra attention during times of crisis. Need a quarantine buddy or just some unconditional love? Now's the perfect time to foster a dog or cat from Best Friends Atlanta. Angels Among Us and PAWS Atlanta are also in need of foster help and donations.