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Coronavirus aid: How to help your neighbors

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Posted at 6:39 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 13:00:16-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — As the coronavirus pandemic has left many San Diegans in need.

From hospitals to food banks to neighbors, there are plenty of ways to lend a hand.

HOW TO HELP

Hospitals: Many local hospitals are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, mainly with a lack of personal protection equipment. One way to support hospitals is to donate gear. Many San Diego hospitals are accepting donations for masks, gloves, eye wear, hand sanitizer, food, money, and more to support the health care industry at this time. Link

Many have also started making masks for health care workers. To help contribute, find out more.

Blood donations are also in critical need. To donate blood, visit the Red Cross San Diego or San Diego Blood Blank.

Seniors: There are a number of ways to help out local seniors who are under self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. One of the easiest ways is logging on to NextDoor and connecting with neighbors to talk or help out if they need a hand. Link

In San Diego, locals can also help out Serving Seniors, a non-profit that delivers meals to low-income seniors, by making a dontion. Link

Food: Local food banks are also in need of support — food, money, and volunteers — to response to needy San Diegans during the COVID-19 pandemic. To make a donation to the San Diego Food Bank, click here.

Restaurants: Local restaurants are some of the hardest hit businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. A simple way to help them out is to continue supporting them. The #TakeOutChallenge supports the campaign to continue eating at local establishments. Link

As part of 10News' We're Open San Diego initiative, you can search for businesses that are remaining open and continue lending your support during this tough time. Link

Small businesses/Nonprofits: The San Diego Foundation has set up a Community Response Fund to help local nonprofits, who can in turn support small businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus. Individuals, businesses, and foundations can make monetary contributions to support the fund. To make a contribution, click here.