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10 Ways To Support The Dallas Community Right Now

By Natalie Granville | April 7, 2020 | Lifestyle

Searching for ways to lend a helping hand during this time? Chances are you've heard about the myriad national organizations offering aid during the COVID-19 crisis, but you may not know about the many opportunities right here in the Dallas community. We've rounded up a list of local efforts you can get involved in—while still practicing social distancing.


American Red Cross
Blood Donations: Blood drives are being canceled around the country due to growing concerns over large, public gatherings. These cancellations are resulting in severe blood shortages, including here in North Texas. Donation facilities are taking extra precautions to ensure the centers are safe and sanitary for medical providers and donors. If you're healthy and eligible to donate, roll up your sleeve and register to give blood. You can also donate money to help transport blood to those in need.

Plasma Donations: The Red Cross is also seeking plasma donations from people who have fully recovered from COVID-19, as their plasma contains antibodies that can attack the virus and therefore help current patients with serious COVID-19 infections. To see if you're eligible, read the website's informational materials on the process and fill out a potential donor form.


Dallas Animal Services
Add some extra love to your home by adopting or fostering a pet during this time of self-quarantining. Sadly, many animals are being surrendered to shelters right now because their owners can no longer afford to care for them. Dallas Animal Services is currently offering tele-adoptions by appointment only, with all adoptions free until further notice. Review all the adoptable pets online before scheduling your appointment with an adoption staff member, who will help you with the process. For those interested in fostering an animal, no experience is needed and DAS will provide you with all necessary supplies.

Dallas ISD
DISD served over 1 million meals in the first two weeks of its new grab-and-go meal program. On April 2 alone, the school district served upwards of 400,000 meals. Starting April 9, meals will only be distributed on Thursdays between 10 am and 1 pm, and families will receive a week’s worth of meals. DART has also partnered with DISD to deliver 300 meals to libraries and recreation centers in the area. Check out the website to see how you can support DISD families during this time.

Everybody Eats
Local restaurant group 8020 Concepts—also known as the brains behind Hero, HG Sply Co. and Standard Service—has launched a new program called Everybody Eats. The folks at these three restaurants teamed up to "flatten the curve" by developing a delivery and takeout model that adheres to the 10 Commandments of Sanitation. Additionally, the group is offering free family meals for service industry workers, available for pickup Monday through Friday from 6 to 9pm at Hero in Victory Park and HG Sply Co. on Greenville Avenue. Donations to the group's GoFundMe help provide these meals, and sponsorships are available for those able to make larger contributions.

Furlough Kitchen
Powered by dining group Front Burner Restaurants and area nonprofit CitySquare, Furlough Kitchen started out as a local initiative to feed service industry workers impacted by COVID-19. The program has now expanded to other cities and states, with locations coming to Waco as well as cities in Louisiana, Alabama and North Carolina. The word has even spread to Hollywood, by way of The Office's John Krasinski, who recently mentioned the Dallas nonprofit on his new YouTube show, Some Good News. Located in Old East Dallas, the pop-up restaurant aims to provide 1,000 meals each day via curbside pickup to anyone who has been furloughed or laid off during the pandemic. Furlough Kitchen is open Monday through Saturday from 12 to 7pm. Visit the nonprofit's donation page to help Furlough Kitchen continue providing meals to our community members.

Kids Save Dallas Restaurants
Dallas residents Alex Perry and Alexis Smith teamed up to help support local restaurants as well as feed the kids of Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and DISD. This dynamic duo has raised nearly $64,000 through their GoFundMe account so far, and they’re far from done. Funds raised will be used to purchase gift cards from local Dallas restaurants to help feed local kids in need. Having received such incredible support from the community, the team has extended the deadline for donations through the end of April. Email Alexis at for more information.


Meals on Wheels

Operated by VNA Texas, Meals on Wheels serves Dallas area seniors in need. The nonprofit is currently seeking donations for medical supplies for its hospice patients, as well as volunteers to deliver meals to the elderly community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers will be screened for symptoms, as will the people receiving meals. Head to the website to get more details and sign up for training.

Nicole Kwon
Like many retailers, West Village boutique Nicole Kwon is pitching in to help the community during tough times. The store is currently donating 10% of all purchases to the YMCA Emergency Child Care Fund, which helps cover the cost of child care for first responders and healthcare professionals on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis. As an added bonus, the shop is offering 20% off all orders.

North Texas Food Bank
Committed to its mission of closing the hunger gap in DFW by providing food to those in need, the North Texas Food Bank continues to fight hunger during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The NTFB recently called on the National Guard to help meet the region's growing need for food assistance, a change that will allow the organization to distribute 60,000 meal boxes each week. While the NTFB's volunteer process has changed due to the pandemic, the nonprofit is still looking for volunteers in many different capacities. Read about volunteer opportunities on the website.

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
The local chapter of global charity United Way is putting a special emphasis on efforts to combat COVID-19 in DFW. United Way workers are collaborating with the Dallas County Health Department and other area leaders to plan for short- and long-term recovery efforts. Donations to the organization's Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund will go toward immediate and urgent needs of North Texans, as well as future challenges that will affect education, income, and health outcomes across our community.


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