Photo by Kat Yukawa on UnsplashHow to Help and Where to Donate During the Coronavirus Pandemic in Southern California Locale Magazine Editors March 18, 2020 Spread the loveWe’re All in This Together—Help Your Community With These 7 Outreach Organizations Written By: Taylor Gorski Coronavirus Charities Time’s are uncertain right now. We could all use a little extra love and support. It’s times like these the community has the opportunity to come together, lend a helping hand (virtually, of course) and look on the brighter side. Buy what you need and don’t hoard items when grocery shopping. Facetime a friend, check in with your elderly neighbors, spend quality time with your loved ones, slow down and appreciate the little things. And if possible, consider donating to those in need. Ways You Can Help: 1 | Purchase Gift Cards for Future Use Coronavirus Charities Support your local businesses by purchasing gift cards to use in the future. Think about your local coffee shops, restaurants, bars, boutiques, hair salons, nail salons…all of your usual spots that aren’t getting their typical business right now. Give them a call or visit their website/Instagram. 2 | Donate to Feeding America Coronavirus Charities Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. They focus on providing food to those in need through food banks, food pantries and meal programs. 3 | Donate to Meals on Wheels Coronavirus Charities Meals on Wheels focuses on feeding the senior population of the U.S. They deliver nutritious meals to those most at risk for COVID-19. 4 | Donate to Your United Way Economic Relief Fund Coronavirus Charities United Way has created a Pandemic Relief Fund to support low-income families and those vulnerable to coronavirus. Donations can be made on their website. If you need help with bills, rent or food, give them a call at 1.866.211.9966. They will direct you to local agencies for assistance. 5 | Donate Blood to American Red Cross There is currently a severe blood shortage. American Red Cross is urging people who are healthy to donate blood now. Visit the link to learn more and schedule an appointment. 6 | Donate to No Kid Hungry The majority of schools are closed and many children depend on school meals. No Kid Hungry is striving to ensure children are still getting three meals a day. 7 | Donate to GlobalGiving GlobalGiving connects nonprofits, doctors and companies and will provide resources to communities in need to help spread the virus. 8 | Give to Illumination Foundation The OC Chef’s Table is a magical event with masterful chefs coming together to help Illumination Foundation help the homeless in a bigger way. Illumination Foundation provides shelter to the most vulnerable homeless families. They’ve shared links to each school district with further information to ensure no child goes hungry. If you know of any other local organizations taking donations or needing help, please let us know!