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Más historias para mantenerte inspirado: #CoronaKindness, parte cuatro

06 de mayo de 2020

Historias inspiradoras de personas que ayudan a otras en tiempos de crisis.

Nearly every state in the U.S. has issued some type ofstay-at-home orderdue to the spread of the novel coronavirus. While many Americans have already been in isolation for the past month, there's still not a definite date for the county toreopen for business. But despite difficult times ahead, many people are rising to the occasion and finding ways to reach out, connect and help those in need. Here are some of our recent #CoronaKindnesspicks.

Helping the Homeless

While millions are being ordered shelter-in-place, some people don't have a home in which to shelter. In 2018, there were over500,000 cases of homelessnessreported in the U.S. Although often overlooked, these individuals are much more vulnerable to community-spread illnesses like COVID-19.

Thankfully, communities around the world are finding ways to help. In Berlin, residents areleaving bags of foodand other essential items for the homeless to pick up. In Blackpool, England,a coffee shop prepared Easter dinnerfor the local homeless community.

In Los Angeles,@projectcoffeecupusually provides coffee to the homeless, but now they arehanding out soupin the hopes of keeping people healthy and warm. Meanwhile, Mexican restaurant@casafinafiestaisdelivering free mealsto homeless shelters through theirBuy 1, Give 1program — for every delivery/pick-up order they receive, they'll donate one free meal to vulnerable community members.

Want to help? Homeless people are in desperate need of face masks. If you have extras or are adept at sewing, considerdonating masks to the homeless.

Improving Your Outlook

More and more evidence suggests that social isolation cannegatively affect your mental health. Everyone deals with stress differently, but no matter your situation, keep in mind that it'sokay to feeljust about anything right now.@edrasageposted this helpfulchartto help you check your mental batteries. If you need a little extra TLC, try finding healthy coping mechanisms, like exercise, talking to loved ones and spending time outdoors.

Some wellness companies are even offeringfree online meditation classes. Looking for the light at the end of the tunnel?@viceaucreated thisinspiring videowith tidbits of advice from residents of China and South Korea, who are about two months ahead of the U.S. in terms of social isolation. For those with mental illness, the current situation may exacerbate existing problems, which is why the non-profit@be.kind.always.foundationis reminding everyone thatthe world needs you.

On the flip side, if you have a close friend or family member who is struggling with isolation, remember that sometimes all you have to do islisten.

Appreciating Our First Responders

Fire fighters, police officers and military personnel are among those on the front lines of this global crisis, and it's never been more important to take care of those who are taking care of us.@starbucksis among those offeringfree coffee to first responders. In addition, the Starbucks Foundation is partnering with@opgratitudeto deliver50,000 care packagesto those on the front lines. Operation Gratitude is also providing the National Guard withessential hygiene items and snacks.

Meanwhile on Long Island, an Islamic centerprovided mealsfor the@NassauCountyPD. But our favorite story of the week? When a three-year-old's birthday party was cancelled in Carson, Calif., due to stay-at-home measures, theLos Angeles Sheriff's Departmentbrought him abirthday surprisehe'll never forget. I'm not crying, you're crying.

Have your own stories to share? Become part of the movement by posting your experiences onInstagram, and don't forget to hashtag #CoronaKindness.

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