Without a doubt, this new “normal” has been difficult for many. It’s been hard to grasp physically, emotionally and even financially. While we all have been asked to stay at home, for me personally, it’s very hard to sit back and watch as others are hurting and needing help. If you are like me and feel called to support our local community here are 8 easy ways that you can help support others in San Antonio dealing with the impact of COVID-19.

Order Takeout From Local Restaurants

When all of this is over, you’re going to want to return to restaurants and enjoy menu favorites. But, what if they aren’t there when it’s safe to socialize again? Ordering takeout meals and supporting family-owned restaurants is a wonderful idea if you want a break from cooking at home. One meal can make a huge impact!

Chef Jason Dady and his family are dear friends and his restaurants are offering weekly menu options and home meal kits that everyone is sure to love. Plus, they are currently providing free meals for hospitality workers in need during this crisis which makes them even more awesome.

The Historic Pearl has also launched the Pearl On The Go website to offer streamlined ordering and curbside pickup from its restaurant partners. Additionally, all Pearl restaurants are offering several to go and delivery options, including regular menu items, family meals, meals for two, prepared foods, beer to go, and more.

Donate to Local Food Banks

Do you have the ability to donate to those in need? Consider giving back and supporting local food banks, like the San Antonio Food Bank. You can also help fight hunger in San Antonio when you shop on Amazon. Make sure to use AmazonSmile and choose the San Antonio Food Bank (or another non-profit you love) as your charity of choice. Every $1 raised is 10 pounds of food they can distribute to neighbors in need. See more about their COVID-19 response campaign here

Volunteer With Meals on Wheels

Around San Antonio, volunteers are safely delivering meals to those in need. Why not join the force? During these uncertain times, I’m so thankful there are ways to safely serve and help those in need. Meals on Wheels San Antonio has been delivering thousands of meals each week! Follow their team’s updates on Facebook here

Foster or Adopt an Animal

There’s nothing better than a furry friend to help you get through this quarantine time at home! Foster or adopt one from a local shelter. Looking for a place to start? Here are a few places that would be happy to chat with you: San Antonio Pets Alive, SNIPSA and San Antonio Humane Society. As some offices are currently closed, you can also consider making a donation to assist with the care of the animals and staff.

Donate Blood

Now more than ever, your contribution can help save lives. If you’re physically fit to donate blood, consider stopping by one of the local centers where you can give. For a local schedule with times and locations, click here

Support Local Artists 

Many local artists in San Antonio are currently offering virtual classes to learn from the comfort of your own home. Alongside online classes, local musicians are offering free online concerts in exchange for tips. Be sure to take a look at social media and websites for some of your local favorites to see their offerings. 

Donate Unopened Cleaning Supplies for First Responders

The City of San Antonio is calling for donations from businesses and commercial enterprises of unopened cleaning supplies – including hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, nitrile gloves and bleach – to support first responders and public facing services. To donate, please email COVID19.cleaningsupplies@sanantonio.gov.

Join the Citywide Celebration

On April 4th at 7pm CST, join in for a 2-minute round of applause from your yard, balcony, porch or window! Show your appreciation for doctors, nurses, support staff, city leaders, first responders, teachers and all other essential personnel keeping us safe. Share a video or photo of your family and/or neighborhood joining in, and be sure to use #SASTRONG, #WEARESA, and  #clapforcarers. 

Know of another way to help others in San Antonio during the pandemic. Comment below and we’ll update this list. Wishing you all much love during this time. Stay healthy!

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