It’s been almost a year since we first heard the words “COVID-19.” But this virus is relentless, and is still affecting our communities all these months later. With the holiday season and another cold winter upon us, it’s more important than ever to look out for your fellow Minnesotans. Luckily, there are lots of ways to safely lend a hand.
There’s another epidemic facing Minnesota: hunger. Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans experience food insecurity every year, and COVID-19 has only made the problem worse. You can help by donating to Minnesota organizations that fight hunger, like Second Harvest Heartland and The Sheridan Story. In addition to charities and food shelves, some MN businesses are offering free meals and sack lunches for kids, and communities across the state have come together to create a mutual aid network for food and essentials.
No Minnesotans should be left out in the cold, especially in the middle of a pandemic. Human Services organizations like St. Stephens and People Serving People are working hard to shelter homeless Minnesotans, but they need help. Visit the links above to donate cash and wintertime necessities to keep our neighbors safe and warm.
Support creators and entertainment workers
Minnesota is rich with art, music, and culture. Sadly, this pandemic has kept our beloved stages dark, which means that artists and entertainment industry workers have lost critical income. You can help by donating to Springboard for the Arts or the Twin Cities Community Music Trust. These organizations provide emergency relief to Minnesota artists and industry workers through this difficult time. To support Minnesota artists directly, browse Bandcamp for your next favorite local album, or find the perfect gift from a Minnesota artist on Etsy.
We’re in the middle of a public health crisis. That means the need for blood is more urgent than ever. Memorial Blood Centers are open for blood donations, and have measures in place to keep donors safe from the virus. If you’ve recovered from COVID-19, your plasma donation could help treat the virus in others.
Spread holiday cheer
While December may look different this year, we can still make sure that every Minnesotan has a happy holidays. Donate toys to a local drop-off site to keep Minnesota kids smiling, or give to any of the trusted MN organizations helping struggling families through the holidays.