Rae Bates
What Can We Do?

I don’t know if it’s true, but I’ve heard there’s an ancient curse—may you live in interesting times. Well, we sure live in interesting times now.

I’m not qualified to give any medical advice. I’m not qualified to give advice of any kind. But that’s not going to stop me. I’ve been thinking about what we can do to help others right now. After all, reaching out and helping others is one of the best ways to make yourself feel better.

The first thing that came to mind was all of those who are stuck at home. Whether they are people at risk due to age or fragile health or they are ill and staying in to protect the rest of us, they could probably use some help. Those of us who aren’t stuck at home can deliver supplies.

Restaurants and other small businesses are feeling the crunch of all those people staying home. Consider buying some gift cards. The businesses get the money now, while times are tight, and you have the cards to use later.

Of course, if you’re one of the many people who are facing financial problems right now, there are resources available. You can find out about local resources by going to www.needhelppayingbills.com. You’ll find links and phone numbers there. The United Way has a COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund. Call 1-866-211-9966 and provide your zip code. They will give you a list of participating local agencies.

Don’t panic. Yes, you need to prepare. Yes, it makes sense to make sure you have what you’ll need if you need to stay in for a couple of weeks. Others need that, too. Be sure to leave some for them. By the way, it’s always a good idea to have a couple of weeks’ worth of supplies on hand just in case.

Finally, check in with your friends. Give them a call. Shoot them a text. Message them on Facebook. We need one another at a time like this. We may not be able to gather physically, but we can still connect.

May your week ahead be filled with sunshine.


Rae Bates is an Independent Consultant with the Pampered Chef. You can see her Facebook Page by clicking HERE. Her column appears each Sunday in Peru Indiana Today.