Column: A little goes a long way in helping others during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sara Brooks Adams
Oxford Stories

Coronavirus. That is a word I would like to never hear again. The pandemic has affected the lives of millions worldwide, but there are small things each of us can do to help others during this time.

I am beyond blessed that I have not been physically affected by the coronavirus, nor has anyone I am related too, but I know that is not the case with everyone.

I live in a relatively small town where, in comparison to most numbers of coronavirus patients, is very small. There has also been very little social restrictions because of this. Almost every store is still open for curbside pick-up unlike many places like New Orleans and New York. 

Just because I have not been affected directly thus far doesn’t mean I don’t have to abide by the rules. Many people think that because they do not have the virus, they are free to move and do whatever they please, but that is how the virus spreads. Because we have not been affected personally means you need to follow the rules more carefully.

Oftentimes, people think there is no way they, as one individual, can have any kind of impact, but that is not correct. There are so many small things you can do to make a difference. Here are some ways:

You can help a family in need with just the click of a few buttons. If you Google “How to Help a Local Family in Need,” tons of websites pop up right away giving you many ways to help families during this difficult time. It requires a little research and a couple clicks, but you can donate money that helps purchase food and clothing for families in need. 

If money is not an option at the moment, which is OK – this is a tough time for everyone – you can still give your time and your talent, which may be more appreciated and needed than money. It’s the little things that count. 

On a smaller level, you can help around the house. If you have siblings, help them with their work, because this is all very new to them and you, and if you have parents like mine who work in healthcare, they do not have a lot of spare time or patience to home school on top of their busy work schedules.

If you cannot help out with schoolwork, that is OK. There are so many other helpful options. Clean a dish, wash a load of laundry, clean your room. It will not go unnoticed and will be greatly appreciated. 

Small businesses are also struggling greatly during this time. Many workers have been laid off. Just because you can no longer sit inside the restaurant and dine does not mean you should write them off. Many restaurants and boutiques offer curbside delivery and have established meet-up places where you can drive through and pick up your food. 

Small businesses need us now more than ever. So, if you love a restaurant or even a boutique, support them, because if not, you never know; they may not be there when all of this blows over. 

Healthcare workers are our heroes. We should be doing everything in our power to help them, because they are working long, hard hours to help billions of people around the world.

We can do this in many ways, such as donating money for food, making homemade masks, leaving the (N95) medical ones for them to use, and the easiest one of all – social distancing. If we will take social distancing and washing our hands seriously for the designated time given, we can make a major difference in the spread of this virus. 

This is a difficult time for America and the world around us. It is up to you and me to make a difference. No matter how big or small the act of kindness is, it can help. Stay safe, stay clean, and keep on keeping on. 

Sara Brooks Adams
Sara Brooks Adams

Sara Brooks Adams, 20, is a sophomore broadcast journalism and political science major who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. In high school, she was involved in many activities. She was on the tennis, basketball, cheer, track and soccer teams and a state champion in all. Sports have always been part of Adams’ life. She continues to play club sports and play for fun with family and friends. 

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