It’s no secret that 2020 has hit the world hard. There had been a global pandemic, Iowa had a natural disaster in August, and murder hornets were discovered in Washington State and that just some of the headlines we have seen this year.
The winter months are always hard for food pantries and homeless shelters as the needs for their services soar as temperatures sink. Frankly, this winter will be harder than most, not based on weather predictions but based on the current economy.
If you have the ability you help in anyway, here are some suggestions of items that most food banks are always looking for:
Cans of soup
Pasta, rice, and noodles
Canned meats and tuna
As you spend time cleaning your homes out during quarantine, consider donating clothing or bedding in good repair to homeless shelters rather than Goodwill or the Salvation Army as they are more desperately needed.
Blood is also in dire need. If you are healthy and have not had an exposure to COVID-19 or other illnesses, please consider going to a blood bank or blood drive. Donations are down currently due to the pandemic. According to the American Red Cross website, “Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.”
Many shelters will even take donation state from Amazon For example, Dogs Forever of Cedar Rapids will take shipments of toys and their preferred brand of dog food without the need of you ever leaving your home.
The pandemic has brought a many new challenges but this year, give thanks for what we have. Help those in need and be a beacon of light in someone’s life.
Jessica is in the Digital Arts program and previously graduated with an AA in Liberal Arts and a Bakery Certificate. She enjoys cooking, hiking with her dog, Daisy, taking pictures and spending time with her family.