We began RARA club with one simple mission: to inspire. Through the creation of current and future products, our RARA club is here to cheer us on. In the journey to motivate, uplift, and inspire ourselves, we must also motivate, uplift, and inspire those around us. For the time being, those around us are a little farther than usual however we all still have an obligation to each other. As part of our mission, RARA CLUB is trying to put Purpose over Profit in every way we can. In addition to donating all profits to Direct Relief, Good 360, and Feeding America, and offering free hand sanitizer with purchase, we have also tried to compile a short list of free ways you can help stay protected from and continue to assist in the containment of Covid-19. Now of course there are some free precautions that we are (hopefully) all taking such as washing our hands and wearing masks but here are a few extra that we think are important to highlight.
1. Keep your hands to yourself.
The whole point of taking precautions such as washing hands, wearing masks, and continuing to practice social distancing is to ensure that we are not putting ourselves or those at high risk in more danger. Coronavirus or Corona or Covid-19 is a virus that is spread easily from person to person through respiratory droplets. These droplets are easiest transferred when people are in close contact with each other making it easy for these particles to enter the lungs of another person. Maybe you aren’t a mouth breather or think you have a good control on your saliva production… but why not take an extra step back just to be safe.
2. Call a friend, family member, or us.
Finding more time on our hands opens up opportunities to do a plethora of activities. Unfortunately, activities are not perfect substitutes for social interaction. Call a sibling, call a parent, CALL US! Part of making a community is staying in contact with each other, so text 323-689-2656 (standard messaging and data rates apply)! We are all in this together and we all need someone to talk to every once in a while.
3. Participate in #virturalkindness campaign
Being kind to one another is more important now than ever. One day as we were walking in the store, my sister pointed out how some people acted like Covid-19 can be spread through eye contact. The mood in the entire store was hostile. Now obviously we cannot be going around patting each other on the back in an attempt to turn some frowns but we can still spread positivity to others. Maybe you can be the reason someone smiles today.
4. Donate new or gently used items.
With most everyone in the house and really having an opportunity like never before to sit and exist in your space, many people are finding themselves rearranging, remodeling, or simply updating. As you go through your things, maybe collect some items that can be donated. Ridding you of belongings that no longer serve you while benefiting someone in need.
Organizations such as The Salvation Army are continuing to accept household goods in certain locations. Currently, the most-wanted list includes cleaning and sanitizing items like disinfectant spray and laundry detergent; household paper products; nonperishable foods, preferably packaged in cans, boxes or bags; baby supplies, including formula, food, bottles, pacifiers, diapers and wipes; and unused personal hygiene products like shampoo and toothbrushes. Not all locations are open so be sure to call or check the website before loading your trunk. Pantry staples such as non-perishables could also be in high demand at your local food pantry. Feeding America, FoodPantries.org, or AmpleHarvest.org are great resources to use when finding where to donate these food items near you .
Supporting each other does not have to cost money even though some organizations say monetary donations are the most effective form of support. Do your part while clearing your space a little. Do a little good and feel a lot of good.
5. Research local volunteering opportunities
Aside from monetary donations, you can also donate your time. With virtual and online opportunities, helping is more accessible than ever. Visit VolunteerMatch.org , Idealist.org , or AllforGood.org if you are interested in finding a volunteer opportunity near you.
6. Sew Masks
A great activity for a great cause. If you have a sewing machine and some fabric, you too could be making PPE (personal protective equipment). Due to the shortage for medical professionals, surgical and N/95 masks should be reserved for those first responders being heavily exposed to the virus. In order to keep ourselves and those protecting us safe, we can make our own cloth face coverings which can protect us in places where social distancing is difficult to maintain (ex. Stores).
7. Pick up someone’s medications
Some people are at higher risk to contract the virus, thus they might be taking extra precautions. The pharmacy is generally full of people who are sick therefore, Help those in your family, neighborhood, or community who might need help picking up medications. Because we do not know what illnesses those in the pharmacy are treating, the best way to protect someone whose immune system is compromised is to ensure they do not even get exposed. Also, even if you are perfectly healthy, don't forget to wear your mask.
8. Donate blood
According to a recentpress release from the American Red Cross, as coronavirus continues to spread, there will be a decrease in those eligible (and willing) to donate blood. Here is what they have to say about the current situation:
“Right now, the American Red Cross encourages healthy, eligible individuals to schedule a blood or platelet donation appointment atredcrossblood.org to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and avoid any potential shortages. Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. The need for blood is constant, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions.”
9. Stay educated
Fear and panic is the last thing that needs to continue spreading. Make sure that any information you are sharing is not simply hearsay. Stay up to date with your news sources and remember you can always use CDC.gov as a resource for all your questions.
10. Don’t forget to take care of yourself
Lastly, we can not forget about ourselves. Unless I ensure that I am healthy and okay, I am useless to myself and to those around me. Take some time for yourself, learn a new skill, pick up an instrument, sit in silence, start a tv show, workout, eat, do whatever you want to do. Take some time every day to be sure all your needs are met. Get enough sleep, take your vitamins, drink some water. Before you have any other obligation, you have an obligation to yourself. Stay healthy to keep those around you healthy.