It is easy to get lost in the headlines about the thousands of people around the country who have coronavirus (COVID-19), the challenges that hospitals are facing and the headlines about loved ones who have lost their life because of the virus.
It is important to stay informed, even if the news is bad and hard to swallow, but it is also important to recognize the work that people and organizations are doing during these unprecedented times.
Here are some people and organizations in Colorado who have stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Terrell Davis donates to Feeding America/Elway donates $50,000 to COVID-19 Relief Fund
Former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis donated $400,000 worth of products to Feeding America, the country’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. He made the donation in Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Detroit.
Denver Broncos President of Football Operations and General Manager John Elway donated $50,000 to the Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Broncos donated $500,000 to the fund and provided 100,000 meals to the Food Bank of the Rockies. To find a food bank or food pantry, visit foodpantries.org/st/colorado.
Hand sanitizer, courtesy of distilleries
Following World Health Organization guidelines, distilleries all throughout the Denver metro area are creating hand sanitizer for the public and local authorities like fire and police departments.
Many stores across Colorado have run out of hand sanitizer, and distilleries are filling an important role in creating new products..
Residents offer to help others on social media
Aurora residents and Alexandria McCutcheon and Jenna Watson posted on Facebook that they wanted to help those who need baby supplies. Since creating their post, the two have been able to assist nearly 200 families.
Schools still providing foods
For many students in Colorado, the only place they can get breakfast and lunch is at school. While multiple school districts across the state announced they won’t return to in-person learning this week, many schools are still offering breakfast and lunch to students. Among the school districts that are still offering food to students include Englewood, Jeffco and Denver. You can find specific locations for meals by visiting your child’s school district’s
Organizations join forces
Businesses and nonprofits have joined forces in Denver to create the Denver Metro Emergency Food Network. The group is providing free meals to those who are most in need all throughout the Denver metro area. For more information, visit denverdelivered.com.
Gathering up personal protective equipment
The World Health Organization has acknowledged there is a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare providers — but drives for the equipment have been happening all across the state. On March 22, a PPE drive was held at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver.
A Little Help helps out
A Little Help, an organization that serves seniors, is helping seniors stay afloat through the pandemic by delivering groceries and running other errands. Seniors are the most vulnerable demographic to COVID-19. For more information, visit