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8 Ways To Show Appreciation To Essential Workers While Staying Home

There's a lot we can do without leaving home!

To be clear, the primary and best way to show your support and gratitude for the essential workers who are battling coronavirus on the front lines is to stay home. Medical staff members are already putting themselves at risk every day by showing up to work at hospitals, testing sites and care centers, and the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect these brave professionals is to practice social distancing.

Staying home and limiting your social interactions also reduces the danger for other essential workers such as bus drivers, grocery store clerks and U.S. postal workers.

But if you’d like to go beyond your duty of staying home and offer up an expression of gratitude to those who are risking their lives at work each day, you’re in luck. There are plenty of ways to show your thanks without even leaving your house and here are some of the best ones we’ve found.

Support The Front Line Appreciation Group

Two women in New Jersey came up with a smart solution to the conundrum of how to simultaneously help struggling restaurants and also thank healthcare workers on the front line of the fight against COVID-19: Front Line Appreciation Group (FLAG). Using donations, local FLAG chapters work with restaurants in their communities to supply meals and goodies to local hospital workers. It’s a rare win-win situation in a crisis that has resulted in so much loss.

And while FLAG started as a grassroots effort in a couple of New Jersey towns, there are now 68 chapters in 20 states, with two of the most recent ones launching in Hawaii and Montana. Check out the FLAG website to make a donation or find a chapter near you — and if there isn’t one nearby, you can start a FLAG chapter in your own community!

Help Supply Healthcare Workers With Personal Protective Equipment

Hospitals and clinics around the U.S. are in critical need of medical gear like face masks and shields, exam gloves, isolation gowns and more. In collaboration with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses, Direct Relief is providing personal protective equipment and other medical items to healthcare professionals in need.

Donations to Direct Relief will help the group continue this crucial service for front line workers who need it most, and it feels good to contribute to this cause. As the Direct Relief donations page puts it, “Giving is good medicine.”

To see updates about where your donations are going, follow Direct Relief on Instagram for updates like this one, which talked about where a shipment of N95 masks were sent.