5 Ways to Give Back in DFW During COVID-19
All Storage Online | June 26, 2020 @ 12:00 AM
The COVID-19 crisis has impacted individuals, families, and businesses in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. As the state of Texas continues to reopen in phases, some Lone Star residents are still struggling with unemployment, housing insecurity, affording food, and health issues. If you’re in need of resources, we’ve compiled some helpful information on our blog. If you’re able to give back, look no further.
Below are some of our favorite ways to give back to the DFW community during COVID-19. From donating funds online so that you can help while social distancing to fostering a furry friend, giving blood, or contributing cans of food to a local food bank, here is how to make a difference right now:
Support Local Businesses
Nonessential business closures in Texas hit local businesses hard. As restaurants, retail stores, and other businesses reopen, recovering from the closure may be tough for many. You can support local DFW businesses with your wallet in order to keep your favorite community diners, boutiques, and other businesses open. From ordering takeout from a restaurant you love to buying gift cards to a business you plan to visit in the future, every little bit helps your community thrive.
Donating blood during COVID-19 is more important than ever. If you’re feeling healthy and are inclined to give blood, you can set up an appointment with the American Red Cross. Some blood drives even offer COVID-19 antibodies tests for free to blood donors.
Donate Funds or Time with a Local Charity
Give back without getting off your couch by donating funds to a local Dallas Fort Worth area charity. The Salvation Army DFW, Catholic Charities Dallas, and SafeHaven of Tarrant County are all involved in helping community members affected by COVID-19. You can support their efforts by donating online or inquiring about volunteer opportunities.
If you spent quarantine decluttering, you can donate items that are in good condition to a number of local charities. One great option is the Austin Street Center in Dallas.This homeless organization accepts clothing, towels, blankets, shoes, and other items. You can drop these off in person or take a look at the charity’s Amazon Wishlist and purchase items to be delivered to their offices. Want to donate some of those canned goods you stocked up on in March? Many food banks are also in need of donations. Check out the North Texas Food Bank for a great contactless donation option. Simply bring your items to the Plano location, place it in the wire basket and email them your name and contact information for a tax deductible receipt.
Foster or Adopt a Pet
Dallas Animal Services is doing something pretty cool during COVID-19. They’ve taken the foster and adoption process and put it totally online. You can browse pets and then apply to foster or adopt. Foster orientation videos and guidelines are online, as are adoption interviews. You can even create a list of favorite pets as you choose your new temporary foster friend or furbaby.
As always, All Storage is here to answer any questions you have about using self storage during COVID-19. We’re open and available to help you, and we offer contact-free leasing.