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
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Thuy 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
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 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 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
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Volunteers 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.
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A 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