Coronavirus: businesses and restaurants offer help to those in need across Ireland
Extremely kind gestures during such uncertain times.
Self isolating is tough. So is cancelling plans, practicing good social distancing, and a lot of the time, even working from home can be a bit of a hassle.
But for most of us, the next few weeks won't be all that difficult. Our days will be disrupted, but we'll get on with it.
This, unfortunately, will not be the case for the many emergency service workers, HSE frontline staff, nurses, and doctors who will continue to do their utmost to lessen the spread of the coronavirus over the next few weeks.
Nor will it be the case for the vulnerable among us; the elderly, people with chronic illnesses, and those who live in more isolated parts of the country who may struggle more so than others.
And yet, despite the bouts of panic and concern that have arisen following yesterday's statement from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, members of the public have continued to band together to provide whatever relief they can to those who need it most.
Multiple restaurants, shops, and individuals have already taken to Twitter to offer up free food, assistance, and support to the more vulnerable members of our communities - as well the staff members who are working round the clock to tackle the coronavirus spread.
Here's some of the goodness that has been happening, both on and offline, so far.
Free home delivery for those in self isolation:
Free meals for those struggling in the mid-west:
— Pat O'Sullivan (@wasachef) March 12, 2020
Dinner deliveries for elderly in Clare from Hotel Doolin:
Yes , yes please . And yes again. I’m all about this type of stuff in a crisis @HotelDoolin . Please tag any other incredibly sound folk trying to make this shit show a little less shitty. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ecbZlqqs2D
— Niall Breslin (@nbrez) March 12, 2020
Free meals for medical staff in Dublin's The Vintage Kitchen:
Statement pinned. pic.twitter.com/ZIjE42QbGM
— SeanDrugan (@vintagekitchen2) March 13, 2020
Free nationwide soup deliveries to the over 65s in need:
✨Please Share✨ Know someone who’s 65+? Living on their own/struggling to get 2 their local supermarket due to issues around #Covid_19? We’re offering FREE deliveries of our healthy soups NATIONWIDE to anyone 65+ in need. Plus their freezable! #CoronaVirusUpdate #Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/LgDLB02J6G
— Simply Fit Food (@simplyfitfood) March 12, 2020
Home delivery services for the elderly in east Belfast:
Orangefield Mini-Market is offering home delivery for the elderly - might help someone who can’t get out to the shops in east Belfast pic.twitter.com/khGqszdaAZ
— Eimear McGovern (@3imear) March 13, 2020
Free hot drinks for all emergency services and HSE frontline workers:
Circle K will be offering free tea and coffee across their stores until March 29.
Free dog care for all medical staff in Cork:
Vehicle maintenance for the vulnerable or elderly in Clare, totally free of charge:
Elsewhere in Scotland, public transport staff are offering to check in on their elderly customers:
— Alasdair Clark (@alasdair_clark) March 13, 2020
And in Falkirk, a corner shop is offering its elderly customers free hand sanitiser:
Corner shop helping fight coronavirus by offering free hand gel to the elderly
Asiyah Javed and husband Jawad are going above and beyond to do their bit to stop the spread of coronavirus in their community in Falkirk https://t.co/BKevD8D4xh
— Socialist Voice (@SocialistVoice) March 13, 2020
You too can lend a hand to the elderly, the vulnerable, or those working at the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic by offering to deliver shopping, pick up supplies, pay a visit, or even just have a chat.
Read more about how Irish people are lending a hand to students and parents with young children here.