Here’s how we can help from home and fight this invisible war we’re all dealing with today. I know that watching and reading the news can be depressing especially if we feel like there’s nothing we can do about it. But remember that by staying home, you’re already being part of the solution to stop the spread of the virus! So kudos to you!

Now if you find yourself thinking how else can you help others amid being stuck at home, then read on.

To borrow a quote to get us all to be inspired in this dire situation:

No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.

– Aesop
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5 Small Ways You Can Help From Home

Guess what! You don’t have to be a millionaire to help out! Here are 5 things that you can do to help out in your own simple ways. Yes, you can help from home!

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Reach out to your family and friends

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It’s easy to take this as a time to Netflix and chill at home and not give a damn about what’s happening around us. But the small acts of kindness and thoughtfulness can go a long way, especially in these trying times. Go ahead and make that phone call, Facetime or Zoom video conference to your family and friends! Catch up with them and ask how they are doing and if they need any help. This is one of the simplest ways you can help from home.

Also, reach out to that delivery guy (thanks to him you will not be starving), the cashier personnel, and the other daily wage earners you encounter as you do your grocery run. Ask how they’re doing and maybe offer them some packed food (you’ll be surprised to know some haven’t even eaten a decent meal for the day because they don’t have time to buy for their own needs).

ALSO READ: A discussion about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Support small businesses

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Take note of those small businesses that are helping in their own simple ways and making sure their employees are well compensated and protected during this crisis. Let’s also help them in return. They don’t have a lot of resources and soon they might be at risk of going out of business. Be forgiving if there are any delays in delivery (if they deliver at all).

Most small businesses have to temporarily stop their operation during the enhanced community quarantine. One way to support them is by buying from their online stores even though they will not be able to ship right away. Or simply sharing about their stores with your friends can mean a lot. Just the assurance that customers are still there waiting for them to come back can make a huge difference to them.

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Be sensitive about what you post online

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As they say, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it. The same rule applies when you post online. Crisis or not, it’s simply not cool to be insensitive to the feelings of others. Classic example – showing how much tissue or food or isopropyl alcohol you hoarded and posting it online. I hope you know that there’s a special place in hell for people like that. Give others the fighting chance to survive this battle – you’re not the only one affected. Also, maybe it’s best to refrain from posting how explicitly SUPER bored you are at home or how sucky you think your gourmet lunch is. Because guess what? Others are not as fortunate as you are.

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Don’t share fake news

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Think before you click that share button! There’s already so much fear and anxiety in the air – there’s no need to add to that anymore. Always do a fact check and only share information from trusted resources. Here are some renowned websites to get valid information from:

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Help Others During Coronavirus Pandemic

No good deed is ever too small. Did you know that your reward points in Grab and Globe (to name a few) can be used to help donate in their chosen partner organization? Imagine if all of their subscribers and customers will donate even just Php 10 worth of points, that would sum up to a whole lot of money that can be put to good use!

If you have more extra savings, you can visit Help From Home PH – a dedicated website that has a growing directory of legit initiatives where you can donate and help from home. Find how you can equip our front liners, feed them, fund more Covid-19 tests, and help from home those families who might not have access to food and basic needs. You can also spread about their website so others can help from home too.

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5 simple ways you can help from home

So there you have it! Those are the 5 simple ways you can help from home during the coronavirus outbreak. We still got a few more weeks left before the quarantine period is over and until then no one really knows what will happen next. When will this pandemic truly end?

Let’s just always be thankful that we’re given a new day – a fresh start to help others out in our own little ways, a fresh start to rebuild our compassion and humanity. And lastly, it helps to have this positive mindset: you’re not stuck at home, you’re safe at home. Always stay safe, everyone!

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  1. I agree with this, we can all help with our own little ways. There are also ways to donate even if we’re staying at home, like globe, grab, shopee, they have options that you could donate online via their app or thru their pointing system

  2. Yes, I’ve been talking to my friends lately online. For the monetary help, as l little as I can, I am happy when I can offer help to my neighbor manicurist and masseuse. A service and a tip will feed her family. Not everyone can work right now sadly 🙁 yes, let’s continue to work and help each other.

  3. Love this list! I totally think that everyone can help in their own ways. One of the things I do these days is to call out people who keeps on sharing fake news. Most of them are old people. It’s sad that they easily believe anything posted on the internet.

  4. I love this article. Instead of complaining why not try to help each other diba? I hope people have the same mind set para hindi mahirap lalo sa panahon ngayon.

  5. I like that you’ve included sensitivity on what we post online as ways of helping. There’s a lot of Facebook friends who keep on sharing fake news just to make a point re their political belief. This list is simple but on point!

    1. So many people are spreading fake news and that could cause unnecessary panic. We’re dealing with so much already so that’s the least we can do to help ease the burden. 🙂

  6. I love this. We can do so much together and there is so much we can do to keep positive and helpful. Who knew that most of us could stay home for so long. Mindset goes a long way, also helping to support each other through it.

  7. Nowadays, I learned not to rely on mainstream news media about COVID19, only from experts. Even mainstream media (anywhere) sensationalized or spread fake news (just to can attention which leads converted to money). We decide on our own.

  8. We agree with everything thats on the list! Happy that we are currently reconnecting ourselves with our family. Thanks for sharing this nice article.

  9. Your graphics are so unique! I also agree that we should donate no matter who little we can give. These small donations will mean really big for those who are in need.

  10. This really does put things in perspective. Thanks girl!! You’re super right. We should still be extra sensitive and do what we can even when we’re just at home. Like giving the delivery boys, tips when they hand over your order or supporting local businesses in anyway you can! We can do this.

  11. Agree in helping small businesses. This is one of the most affected within the sector and needs the help of the capable population. It would be hard for them to bounce back should the situation normalize, helping them does not only mean helping the proprietor, but also its workforce and suppliers. A small act creating positive ripples, in small ways.

  12. Yes, there are many ways to help these days. Don’t spread fake news and also we should not spend too much time in social media because it will consume us. I don’t go to big supermarkets anymore but I make sure I buy from the market vendors that are coming to our place every Monday. They are the small businesses that need to be sustained.

  13. Well said, especially about the online sharing. I’d like to add “stop sharing things that scare people”. In a situation that is scary for everyone already, it seems like people still for some reason like to share that article that has possible bad news or information that will make people lose hope or how bad everything will be after the pandemic. I just want to shout at them to stop. If you share anything at all regarding the pandemic, share things that give hope.

    1. Exactly! People should stop spreading negativity especially during this time of uncertainty. It can damage others in more ways they know. Mental health issue is a serious problem. 🙁

  14. I like how you included not sharing fake news as a way to help from home. Most of us are actually forgetting that not all we see online are the truth. Sometimes, we are too caught up with sharing things not realizing that they are already fake news. Being mindful of what one shares online is really a must.

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