How to Give Back This Holiday Season by Supporting Local Businesses

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We’ve never experienced anything like the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic before.

Now the holidays are here, which could be a tough time for many. So how can you shine some positivity into your local community?

You can make a difference with an attitude of gratitude and giving.

Consider shopping small this year

Since March, a number of businesses have closed or moved online in order to stay afloat. Use your favorite search engine and look up “local gifts near me,” and check out what local merchants are selling. Or, get takeout from a local coffee shop, bakery or restaurant. You can even “pay it forward,” by purchasing a few gift cards to local businesses to hand out to someone in need.

If you can’t afford to give, consider donating to charity, such as your local Goodwill or food pantry.

If you’re stressed during these uncertain times, do something good for someone else. This can make you feel better, too.

Feeling overwhelmed? Missing interaction with loved ones?

We may be social distancing, but we can still communicate. Call a friend or a family member to chat or laugh about a funny memory. If your mental health is suffering, reach out to a mental health professional or a primary care provider (PCP) for assistance, or dial 911 if it is an emergency.

We’ll get through this – together.

Tormeika Sanford, DNP, MSN, CRNP, is a nurse practitioner with Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center.