[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a verified resident. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of The B-Town Blog, nor its staff:]

What can I do?

Given that we may be sheltering in place for weeks and that many of our neighbors, friends, and family may not be as well off as they would like, what can I do to help?

It turns out that aside from the three basics of keeping social distance – washing and sanitizing hands, and not touching your face – there are several things to consider and I’m sure that everyone has other ideas as well.

Some things we can do: Donate time and money to food banks; stay in touch with neighbors, friends, and family (call, email, text message); donate books, magazines, and food items to neighborhood Free Libraries; say hello to people you see on the street; order takeout for breakfast, lunch, or dinner when possible (many restaurants and bakeries in Burien are open for takeout); pick up food for those you know who cannot get out and drop it off at their doorstep; follow the advice provided by Governor Inslee, the CDC, and other trusted sources; lots of scams right now on the Web, email, telephone, …. Be vigilant – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is and don’t give personal information to anyone you don’t know or trust!

Finally, keep learning new skills, new ideas, and new ways of doing things and apply what you have learned to improve our world.

Thanks for considering these tips, pay them forward, and document and publish your ideas as well.

Stay safe and in touch.

– Dave Gould and Peggy Cummings

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