This is a call to action for us all.
Many organizations are sharing their response to the coronavirus outbreak, providing helpful information and assuring us they are doing everything possible to protect their employees, customers and supporters. We are, too... from sanitizing to creating an interest-free loan fund for our candle-makers. We deeply appreciate all that our suppliers and partners are doing to help keep everyone healthy.
This morning we're also thinking about an idea that resonates deeply. It's an appeal echoed by many here and around the world, perhaps most poignantly by Germany's leader Angela Merkel: let us stand in solidarity with one another for the common good.
Like everyone, we've been to our local grocery several times in the past week, stocking up on a few things, adding an extra can of diced tomatoes to the cart. Shelves are a bit bare and some important items are out of stock, but stores are working overtime to replenish them.
Keeping in mind that everyone needs the same staples, Merkel's words are a reminder that we are all in this together. We need to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, and while doing so keep in mind the needs of others.
So here is a simple call to action for us all. Over the coming weeks and months, let's take a moment to lend a helping hand. Who can't get to the store, or might be afraid to leave their home? Perhaps an elderly neighbor, or someone with a weakened immune system. Maybe they could use a can of diced tomatoes, too.
It’s an easy ask and something we might do anyway, but especially important right now. Making a donation to your local food bank is also a good idea.
As Coretta Scott King said, "The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."