Hand sanitizer is in short supply recently, so to help out with the shortage, distilleries all over the US are making their own using the recipe given out by the World Health Organization. The recipe requires a solution with at least 60% alcohol, which is certainly one thing these distilleries have ample access to. And, to better support their communities, some of these companies have even been giving their hand sanitizer away for free while the supplies last.
Massive runs on surgical masks have created a shortage for those in the medical fields who need them the most. In response, Razer—a company that normally makes Gaming PCs—has been doing their part to help out with shortages. The company is adapting it’s manufacturing machinery to help create more masks, and they have plans to donate them to countries with the most need.
Another company stepping in to help the strained medical tech world. is iFixit, who’s focused on teaching consumers how to repair their own technology. Life-saving machines like ventilators are already feeling the strain of over-use. So iFixit is compiling hard-to-find machine repair information for all kinds of hospital equipment. That way, biomedical technicians can work quickly to get the machinery up and running, and saving lives.
Grocery store workers are on the front lines, particularly now that many states have shut down all in-store restaurant service. Many store workers are (understandably) demanding compensation for the risk, and Trader Joe’s is working hard to deliver. The chain is offering scaled bonuses to all employees who have worked to support their communities through the health risks and “unprecedented” sales increases.
Most of us have a little more time on our hands stuck at home. And while working through the entire catalogue of Netflix is a totally appropriate way to spend your time, you can also take advantage of Yale’s great offer. They have opened up their most popular class for free online, so you can do a little mental growth during quarantine.
The Australian grocery chain is one of several grocery stores to introduce a shopping hour specifically for the elderly and other vulnerable populations. This is to protect the health of these people, but also to give them a headstart on getting their necessary supplies before the panic-buying masses sweep through and empty shelves.
The owner of these chains announced that it would continue to pay employees for their regularly scheduled hours if stores are closed due to Coronavirus, as well as offering pay to employees who are quarantined. While some other companies (like Home Depot) are also jumping on the paid sick leave train, it’s encouraging to see such big names take a stand and support their employees.
Every time I turn around H-E-B is doing something else to help the community and their employees (#TexasPride). Just scroll through their Twitter feed and you can see the company is offering raises, providing delivery services to elderly customers, limiting store hours to help with restocking, and donating $3 million to non-profits helping vulnerable populations. Just when I thought I couldn’t love H-E-B more, they pull moves like these.
While we bask in all the goodness that is happening around the world to support one another, we hope these ideas inspire you to be nice to one another.
And remember, no matter how small the deed, making a difference in the life of one person still makes a difference.