It’s 7PM, the Baby-Toddler is asleep, and another day is coming to a close. Today was a repeat of so many other days over the last two months – working from home, not going anywhere, and communicating with loved ones through devices. This “new normal” is strange and I’m mostly unsure of what to think. The gamut of emotions is confusing.

I know that I am grateful – grateful to still be working, to be home with my son and husband, to be safe and healthy. I am grateful for food in my cabinets, coffee each morning, a yard to run around in, and a quiet neighborhood to meander through. I am grateful for books to read, internet access, electricity, and a comfortable home. I am grateful for projects to work on and neighbors to talk to. I know that I am one of the fortunate ones and I am grateful. In the midst of my good things and gratefulness, though, I know that a very unpleasant reality exists for so many others – friends, relatives, neighbors, acquaintances, and people I don’t even know.

I think of the expecting parents who face so much uncertainty over doctor visits and the impending births of their babies. I think of the elderly who live alone and are unable to physically interact with their families. I think of the people who have worked so hard and yet aren’t allowed to continue working – those who are missing income and are worried about how they will pay their bills or feed their families. I think of the ones who struggle with anxiety and depression, especially those who have never told anyone before, as they face this time of uncertainty. I think of the men, women, and children who aren’t safe at home.

I think of these situations represented by people I know and faces I have yet to encounter. I remind myself that I am one of the fortunate ones and breathe a prayer for the many, many needs. I wonder what I can do, how I can help – can I make a difference?

Yes. Yes, I can make a difference. Yes, you can make a difference. Together, we can reach out and support our communities and we can make a difference for good.

Donate to a local food bank or other community outreach. Buy a pack of diapers and have it shipped to a family in need with young children. Shop local whenever possible. Pay it forward by buying gift cards to local small businesses that aren’t currently allowed to open. Call or send a note or text to someone that is on your mind – they are on your mind for a reason. Check on your elderly friends and relatives and share food with them if possible. Offer to pick up groceries for a friend or neighbor if you’re going out anyway.

This whole situation is unprecedented and a bit confusing. By coming together as a community of humankind, reaching outside of ourselves, and supporting one another, we will rise up as a force of kindness and good and we will come out on the other side.

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Please check out the Boyertown Area Multi-Service, Inc. if you are looking for a place to donate money or food during this time.

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