We’re a few days into a pandemic-based quarantine that hasn’t been experienced by this generation in a long time — if ever. It’s only normal for us to feel panicked and confused, maybe even angry at the lack of preparation and the questionable solutions that we’re facing. It’s easy to feel powerless in a situation like this, when there’s so many things up in the air and our lives are changing minute by minute. We hear so many people rhetorically asking, “Well, what can you do?”
And what can we do? A lot, if we could just step outside of ourselves for a second. So many people still have to go to work even if public transportation has been forcibly shut down and the risk of contracting the virus is everywhere. So many workers in the health sector are risking their lives and dedicating their time every day to help fight this pandemic. So many families don’t even have the basic necessities or homes to make it through the month we’re supposed to just stay in.
They need your help, and plenty of groups and individuals have organized campaigns and donation drives to make sure they get what they need. Below is a list of some of them — and here’s a more detailed and complete tracker for your perusal.