Someone whom I love dearly provides an essential service. She and her team are on the front lines of those who are meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in our society. They know the risks and are taking them anyway.
That would normally be as much or more than we can ask of anyone, but now that we have a global pandemic, they have become heroic. They are continuing to do their work in exceptional circumstances with declining supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). In some cases, those supplies have become exhausted.
If you, or anyone you know, has recently bought more of these items than they can use in the next month, you can help. The need includes, but is not limited to, hand sanitizer, N95 masks, vinyl gloves, and disinfecting wipes.
The panic we all felt at the beginning of this crisis caused some of us to overbuy. The problem is that the supply chain is taking a while to catch up. It will be a couple of weeks or more before some of that equipment becomes readily available again, and the people at the front lines are having to go without.
The team I am thinking about has tried to buy the necessary ingredients to make their own hand sanitizer, but rubbing alcohol has disappeared from all the local store shelves.
Some people are hand-sewing masks, and that is appreciated. They may not be N95 standard, but they will be much better than nothing.
So, no matter where you live, if you know of a supply of any of these items that could be put to good use by essential service providers, please pass them along. You will be able to restock later, but they need them now.