While we are staying in the house and practicing social distancing, there are some other things we can do to help the world. Have you ever considered fostering a shelter pet(s)? Spring is the time of year when we are blessed with litters of puppies and kittens. And this year shelters are straining beyond capacity due to the cov-id epidemic. My niece has been fostering puppies for the last few months and she has been able to get homes for all of them. She has been going through Operation Paws, although that is a regional center. There are a number of foster organizations with needs. You could do an online search for pet foster organizations, check with your vet or a local shelter.
You might also want to start saving your old blue jeans. There is an organization called Sole Hope (http://solehope.org/ ). They are working in Uganda to help cure and eradicate jiggers. People in this region, particularly the young and the elderly suffer from this parasite. It is only about the size of a flea, but because these people have no shoes, these insects burrow into their skin, swell to 1,000 times their original size and lay thousands of eggs. These parasites must be removed, the skin be permitted to heal, and the person wear a closed toe shoe. Get all your friends and family to save their old jeans, and then once this quarantine is behind us, host a shoe party.
In addition to Free Rice, Free Kibble and Free KibbleKats, there is a plethora of sites you can help through The Hunger Site.com (https://thehungersite.greatergood.com/clicktogive/ths/home). All you have to do is click on the tab on the specific site and its corresponding cause benefits. There is absolutely no cost to you. They have the Hunger Site, the Veterans’ Site, the Diabetes Site, Pet Trivia (which benefits freekibble and freekibblekat.com, the Breast Cancer Site, the Autism Site, the Literacy Site, the Greater Good Site, the Animal Rescue Site and the Alzheimers Site. It takes very little time to help all these causes.
I also stumbled across another problem in need of a solution. During this coronavirus pandemic approximately 10,000 foster youth, who would be dependent upon dorms and student housing are displaced due to school closings and social distancing requirements. Together We Rise (https://www.togetherwerise.org/covid-19/) is working to find suitable housing for these young people. They also work to help out foster children in other situations. Check them out.
Or start collecting smooth rocks for the Kindness Rocks project. (More on that later).
And last but not least, write some old-fashioned letters to your friends and loved ones. Or send them cards, or even ecards, just a little surprise to let them know that someone is thinking of them.
Stay safe and well,
“All it takes is one good person to restore hope.” Pope Francis