We’ve been told to “stay home” which we are doing but what should we be doing during this time to support. I decided to research some of things that you can do in Toronto and how you can support the community. Here are a few ideas:
1. Support Small Businesses
If your local restaurants are offering takeout or gift cards purchases, take them up on their offers. Here are some of my favourites in Toronto:
An establishment renowned for delicious Italian food and they’re offering takeout and wine delivery during this time. Majority of their wines are also exclusive to Sotto Sotto, so a bonus there! To order you can call them at 416-962-0011 or check out their website, www.sottosotto.ca
Amazing coffee and one of my favourite coffee shops in Yorkville! They are offering takeout and deliveries from 10am-5pm, www.goldstruck.ca.
Whole Foods Market
They are offering 60 year olds and plus to shop one hour before opening. They are also closing two hours early, so they can give their team members time to restock and sanitize the store for the next day.
Here are some great organizations you can directly donate to:
Food Banksthat need our support: Second Harvest Food Rescue, Daily Bread Food Bank, and the Salvation Army. Food items are not being requested, but rather, monetary donations that will assist.
As hospitals prepare for the increase in Covid 19 cases, they are requesting donations of protective equipment and donations for front line health care workers. Here are a few that we can support: Toronto East Health Network, Trillium Health Partners Foundation, Sinai Health Foundation, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, North York General Foundation and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
3. Check in on your neighbour and others
As the more vulnerable are asked to stay home or scared to go out, now is a nice time to offer help to those in need. It is very important to stay connected to your community and loved ones during this time.
4. Staying active, physically and mentally
I do my daily workouts at home, I also get outdoors and bicycle along Toronto waterfront and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. To stay mentally active, my favourite app is Calm, which is great for meditation and training your mind to stress less during this difficult time.
Stay safe everyone, and let’s take care of each other!