Trying to help

posted by Jeff | Sunday, April 12, 2020, 2:12 PM | comments: 0

One of the most frustrating things about the pandemic is that it's hard to help when you can't leave the house. I mean, you can certainly donate money if you have it to various charities, or even "sponsor" someone out of work in some way, but it's not like you can go out and help build a house or stuff envelopes in an office or whatever. (Well, maybe you can, but it depends on how much risk you can take on.)

This weekend, I helped a friend by doing some software training, which felt especially good since Orlando Code Camp was cancelled this year. Diana is sewing masks for family members, but I suspect if she gets proficient, it'll be a wider group. We've made adjustments in our Amazon Smile recipients. At work we can actually expense food orders from our customers (they're restaurants, we do their online ordering), including tips and delivery. And heck, two people and some folks in Alaska have a slightly brighter day from my radio show. If you don't get too caught up in scope, you can find a lot of things to do that help people out. Little things matter.

The degrees of separation between you and people out of work, or sick, and maybe dying, likely shrunk pretty rapidly in just the last week or two. And with the reality setting in that it's not going to go away for a very long time, like me, you may feel a certain sense of helplessness. Helping each other out, even virtually, sure helps the soul.

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