City officials say they are heartened by a flurry of offers from the public to help in the midst of the coronavirus health crisis, including donating needed medical supplies.
The city on Saturday said it has streamlined a process for donations of materials or assistance with an online form that businesses and volunteers can fill out. The information will be used to organize offers, including use of facilities, transportation, delivery and personal protective equipment, including masks.
Donations of food and hygiene kits for the homeless are also being accepted, along with volunteer services for a range of skills.
The Long Beach Post, in partnership with the city, is also soon launching a marketplace specifically for face masks, where the public can buy and sell the protective coverings.
And, while in-person interactions are still limited by recent health orders, there are other ways residents can help:
- In partnership with We Love Long Beach, the city is connecting community members who need help with those who are willing and able to assist. By filling out a Neighbor to Neighbor Card (also available in Spanish, Tagalog and Khmer), community members can share their contact information and the types of assistance they can offer to nearby neighbors. Pre-printed cards are available through City Council offices or can be requested here.
- Donate to the Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund, which will support community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus response in Long Beach. You can text SupportLB to 501-55 to get started.
- Donate blood if you are healthy and eligible to ensure there is enough lifesaving blood on the shelves for those who need it most.
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