March 19, 2020

Dear Neighbor,

We will continue to keep you informed with the latest news regarding the coronavirus and Fairfax County's response. But today I wanted to do something a little bit different and pass along some ways you can take action to help our community get through this challenge. While the sheer scale of the impact this virus is having on our nation might make us feel powerless, there are things we can do to help each other. I hope you'll take a few minutes to read through this list and find something you can do.

Next week we'll be launching a Buy Braddock initiative to encourage folks to support our local restaurants by purchasing a gift card. Stay tuned for more details.

Yours in service,

Supervisor James Walkinshaw
#1 - Practice Good Respiratory Hygiene

One of the simplest things we can all do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases is to practice good respiratory hygiene by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or into your elbow if a tissue is not available. After coughing or sneezing, wash your hands wish soap and water for at least twenty seconds.
#2 - Follow Social Distancing Guidelines

Social or physical distancing is a key piece of our strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19 because it can prevent the transmission of the virus and protect vulnerable populations. A recent public health order from Governor Northam has banned gatherings of more than 10 people for this reason. People over the age of 65 or with underlying health conditions should stay home and away from other people. But all of us should limit discretionary shopping and stay home to the greatest extent possible, especially if you are sick.
#3 - Donate Blood

The Red Cross is in desperate need of blood due to the unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations. Healthy individuals are needed to donate blood and the Red Cross has protocols in place to ensure you are safe while donating. Click here to make an appointment today.
#4 - Donate to Low Income Families in Springfield and Burke

ECHO or Ecumenical Community Helping Others provides food, financial help, and household items to low income families in our community. Right now, their pantry is depleted and they need funds to replenish. Click here to make a donation.

#5 - Help Food for Others Feed our Neighbors

Food for Others is the largest provider of free groceries in Northern Virginia. In an average week, they serve 1,855 households. With an increasing number of people out of work due to restaurant and business closures, those numbers are going up. They have created an Amazon Registry where you can purchase items they need to fill their shelves.

#6 - Help Fairfax FISH Provide Immediate Relief

Fairfax FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) is a coalition of 14 local churches that provides funds and volunteers to serve the needy and the elderly in central Fairfax. They respond to immediate requests for help paying rent, utility bills, and prescriptions. Click here to contribute.
#7 - Support the 29 Diner's Community Initiative

The 29 Diner, in partnership with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2068, the Fairfax Education Association, and the Service Employees International Union Local 512 are asking for donations to feed, provide transportation and other services needed for those in Fairfax. Click here to donate.
#8 - Check on Your Neighbors

One of the things I love most about the Braddock District is our strong neighborhoods. Now is the time to reach out and check on your older neighbors or your neighbors with an underlying health condition. They might need someone to pick up some groceries, run an errand, or just to chat with. Pick up the phone and let them know you're there to help.
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