From Making Masks to Delivering Food, See How Everyday People Are Helping Those in Need During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Citizens of Milan take to their balconies on March 13 to serenade their neighbors
Alessandro Grassani—The New York Times/Redux Citizens of Milan take to their balconies on March 13 to serenade their neighbors; 10 days later, Italy had nearly 70,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and almost 7,000 dead

As the world goes into lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, many are volunteering their time and resources — and risking exposure to the potentially deadly virus — to help those most in need. From a cafe-owning family making meals for the elderly in Louisiana to homeless shelter residents making masks for hospital workers in Spain, here’s a look at everyday people finding ways to lend a hand amid the outbreak.

John Foster Gunter, owner of Word of Mouth Café in Louisiana, and his sons prepare free plate lunches for the elderly
Melinda Martinez—The Town Talk/USA Today Network/ReutersJohn Foster Gunter, owner of Word of Mouth Café in Louisiana, and his sons prepare free plate lunches for the elderly

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Seattle
David Ryder—ReutersThuy Pham, Kati Barnett, and Jasmine Wall join others from a local Vietnamese Facebook group to make masks for donation to nearby hospitals and clinics in Tacoma, Washington
In Budapest, civil guards deliver food to the homebound
Zoltan Balogh—EPA-EFE/Shutterstock In Budapest, civil guards deliver food to the homebound
A volunteer cuts clear vinyl for assembling face shields as she and other volunteers meet an urgent need of local hospitals for personal protective equipment, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Renton
David Ryder—ReutersA volunteer cuts clear vinyl for assembling face shields as she and other volunteers meet an urgent need of local hospitals for personal protective equipment in Washington
Matt Remle, a Native liaison with the now shut-down Marysville School District, delivers sack lunches to students on the Tulalip Indian Reservation
David Ryder—ReutersMatt Remle, a Native liaison with the now shut-down Marysville School District, delivers sack lunches to students on the Tulalip Indian Reservation in Washington State
Residents of Casa Cádiz, a shelter for homeless people and refugees in Barcelona, produce face masks for use in hospitals and nursing homes
Samuel Aranda—The New York Times/ReduxResidents of Casa Cádiz, a shelter for homeless people and refugees in Barcelona, produce face masks for use in hospitals and nursing homes
Belmont Food Pantry - Distribution during Coronavirus - Belmont MA - 21 Mar 2020
M. Scott Brauer—ReduxVolunteers move bags of nonperishable food and supplies into a Belmont Council on Aging bus as part of distribution to senior citizens in need in Belmont, Mass.
A man distributes giant teddy bears along emptied streets in Paris
Thomas Dworzak—Magnum PhotosA man distributes giant teddy bears along emptied streets in Paris on March 15, the first day of the city’s lockdown; nine days later, residents were allowed outside only for exercise once a day, within 1 km of their homes
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