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Five Ways to Be Helpful During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During times of great crisis, we always seem to band together as one nation. 96% of people who volunteer say it makes them feel happier knowing they are doing something to improve society. Volunteering showcases your talents and has been known to lead others down career paths, like teachers or nurses. Businesses even look for volunteering jobs on your resume because it shows you have teamwork skills and a giving personality. Here are some ways in which you can help out during these tough times.

Donate blood

The American Red Cross is suffering from a blood shortage. People are afraid to go to the hospitals and clinics, fearing they would catch COVID-19. A blood shortage doesn’t sound that bad to people because most of them think it’ll never happen to them. Every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion. That means 4.5 million people a year get transfusions. A blood shortage means this life-saving product will be ration, which could lead to the death of millions. If interested contact the Red Cross directly to learn when and where your nearest blood drive is. If there’s not one planned, contact your physician about donating.

 

Fill out the Census

Census may seem like a typical survey to us, but it is overall the most important survey in the country. The Census lets the government know how many people reside in a certain area. This helps them draw district lines and provides a fair amount of house seats to a state so one state doesn’t control all the power. It also helps the state officials divide up federal and state programs and funding, so the areas that need a little extra attention get it. You can fill it out either on the paper form being mailed out to every household in the country, or do it online at 2020census.gov. IT takes roughly ten-fifteen minutes to complete and has pretty basic questions on it. After you take it to help others you know to fill out as well, so everybody can be counted.

 

Register to Vote

This year is a very important political year for us Americans. This year we will be deciding who will be in charge of our country for the next four years. You don’t want to wait until the last minute to register, because it can take up to a month to get your name on the rolls to vote. If your name isn’t on the rolls, then chances are you’ll be ineligible to vote. You want to make sure your ducks are in a row as early as possible. Go to vote.gov to complete the registration process as early as possible. Once you are registered you’ll want to vote as often as possible because if you don’t your name will be taken off the rolls. Most states have a two-year rule, where if you haven’t voted in the last two years then you are removed, and you’ll have to re-register all over again. You can check this status as well on vote.gov to make you are still there in the books. Once registered you can help others register as well because each vote can help shape a decision. You can even look into volunteering to assist voters at the polls on election day.

 

Stop Destroying Your Septic Tank

The first thing we experienced during this pandemic was the great toilet paper shortage. People everywhere ran to the stores and bought as many rolls as they could to stock up on this critical item. Unfortunately, this left many without any at all. Because of this shortage, people started using alternative means of wiping like fast food napkins, paper towels, and baby wipes. What these people didn’t realize that although this makes for a good short term solution, in the long-term it isn’t going to be pretty. These types of products don’t breakdown in the septic tank as well as toilet paper, and it is starting to clog up plumbing and the tanks at waste management plants. This clogging is causing pipes to burst and tanks to crack from overfilling.

 

STAY HOME!

The faster we all get this message, the faster the virus will burn out. Viruses are microscopic organisms that need a human host to thrive on. By staying at home and having as little contact with people as possible eventually the virus won’t be able to find new hosts to live in and it’ll starve to death. Here’s a zombie example to help explain this better, think of the movie 28 Days Later. In the movie the zombies (AKA Corona) needed to consistently keep eating in order to spread and remain alive. Once they ran out of food the zombies eventually starved to death because it ran out of humans to eat and infect. So, cut off the food source and stay home.

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M.L. Lewis

Written by M.L. Lewis

M.L. Lewis is not new to the world of writing. She has written various short stories and poems throughout the years and has won multiple awards in art and literature. The highest honor she received was Poet of the Year in 2000, and again in 2005. A poem she wrote in honor of law enforcement can be seen in the book, Everything You Wanted to Know about the Heroes in Blue. She was also featured in Encounter magazine for the volunteer work she did for the United States troops. In 2010 she won Resident of the Year in a local newspaper titled The South Hills Messanger. Today, she spends her time increasing her knowledge on disaster preparedness while working on her Ph. D. in Paranormal Studies.

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