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Helping hands: Emergency pandemic relief
Helping Hands

Helping hands: Emergency pandemic relief

From the Celebrate good: Stories of St. Louisans coming together, offering hope series
Helping hands

As the coronavirus impacts life across the nation and around the world, we're compiling a guide to fundraisers, volunteer efforts and other activities to address the situation in St. Louis. Send tips and updates to

Pandemic relief • The nonprofit Fit and Food Connection provides food, educational and wellness programs for low income communities. The organization has also responded to the pandemic with its COVID Emergency Relief Fund. For more information:

Giving back • Fair Saint Louis is showing its appreciation of city workers. On Friday, volunteers and partners with the organization will distribute more than 1,000 boxed meals to workers with the St. Louis parks, forestry, streets, towing, traffic, refuse and water departments.

The Fair Saint Louis Gives Back event is at 1 p.m. Friday at the St. Louis City Street Department, 1900 Hampton Avenue. For more information:

Helping people at risk • The Harbor Drop In Center is accepting household supplies, food and donations. The center is a resource for at-risk youth and adults. More information:

Looking out for the Grove • Good for the Grove, a relief program supporting furloughed workers in the Grove entertainment district, is providing free personal protective equipment to returning employees. Good for the Grove has raised more than $22,000 and is accepting donations at

Accepting PPE • St. Patrick Center provides a safe, clean environment for people who are homeless. The center is accepting contributions of personal protective equipment, sanitation supplies, masks, food pantry items and sack lunches. A virtual auction and streaming event is May 30. Find more information at

Serving vegetarian meals • Sikhs of STL prepares and distributes nearly 1,000 vegetarian meals each week to front-line health care workers, police officers and the homeless. The group also has distributed masks and other supplies. To help fund these efforts, visit

Fund for creative workers • "A Sustaining Arts Practice Fund," an initiative of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, will award a total of $100,000 to artists, architects and designers in the St. Louis area who are facing financial hardship caused by the pandemic. The 50 $2,000 grants will be drawn from an endowment established at Washington University in 2004 by Emily Rauh Pulitzer. Apply by May 29 at

Thank you, medical heroes • Soccer Master is using proceeds from the sale of T-shirts to supply meals from locally owned restaurants to St. Louis health care workers. The #ThankYouSTLMedicalHeroes shirts are $20-$22 at Soccer Master is a St. Louis-based soccer specialty shop 

Free eyeglasses • Eye Thrive, a nonprofit organization that provides free replacement glasses to children, has expanded its service. Glasses are now available to children with current prescriptions from both Eye Thrive and outside providers. Children must be between 4 and 18 years old and live in the St. Louis area. More information:

St. Louis Strong • FastSigns of Bridgeton is helping to raise funds for a local food bank in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yard signs and vinyl banners with the message "St. Louis Strong" are available for sale. A portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the St. Louis Area Foodbank. For information, contact John Marecek at John.Marecek@FASTSIGNS.COM.

Feeding medical workersJohn Perkins, chef-owner of Juniper in the Central West End, has launched Meals for Meds, which provides meals to health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants can sign up to prepare meals, hospitals can request meal delivery and members of the public can donate toward future meals at

Restaurant gift cards for nursesThe members of the St. Louis delegation to the Missouri General Assembly have launched Feed St. Louis’ Front Line. The $280,000 campaign aims to purchase a $50 restaurant gift card for each of the approximately 5,600 nurses in the St. Louis region. Donate at

Providing face shields • Face Shield Initiative StL, a coalition of volunteer community leaders, is helping to provide face shields for first responder teams, doctors, nurses and medical staff. The group has donated more than 3,100 face shields to more than 60 local organizations and has raised more than $20,000. Participants in the coalition include MADE Makerspace, Inventor Forge, Arch Reactor and more than 100 individuals with 3D printers. Find more info at

Meals for workers and families • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce St. Louis Foundation is collaborating with BJC Healthcare Family and Affinia Healthcare to connect restaurants, health care workers and patients' families. Carryout for La Comunidad purchases meals from HCC member restaurants, which are in turn distributed to workers and families. For information about making a tax-deductible donation, go to

Help for hospitals • Parkway West High School students Adi Patro and Justin Xu have organized a fundraising campaign to acquire respirators and surgical masks for distribution to two area hospitals. The equipment will be obtained from a manufacturer in China and donated to St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield and St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond Heights. Contributions may be made at

Equipment donated • Health sciences programs at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey have donated personal protective equipment to two Illinois hospitals. Alton Memorial Hospital and OSF St. Anthony's in Alton have received more than 100 boxes of masks, gloves, gowns and sanitizers. In a statement, L&C's interim president Lori Artis said that the institution intends to "explore every opportunity we have to continue to serve our community during this time of crisis." Along with L&C campus safety, the nursing, nurse assistant, biology, EMT/paramedicine, medical assisting, automotive, dental assisting and dental hygiene programs contributed to the effort. More information:

Face masks for the homeless • Nano-Lending, a nonprofit organization, is offering resources to get face masks to the homeless. Sewing machines and fabric are provided to shelters and other organizations addressing homelessness, along with hand soap and non-touch thermometers. Nano-Lending may be contacted at To donate, visit

Gratitude Blend • Kaldi's Coffee has launched a product to benefit the Gateway Resilience Fund. Proceeds from sales of 1-pound bags of Gratitude Blend will be donated to the fund, which provides financial relief to employees and owners of independent St. Louis area bars, restaurants and shops. The coffee is available for purchase at

Pre-packaged food • The Salvation Army is offering help to communities in Missouri and southern Illinois impacted by COVID-19. Pre-packaged food that minimizes person-to-person contact is distributed at area locations. Visit

Bring the baby • Emergency diapers are available to families through a partnership between St. Louis County Library and the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank. Diapers for children age 3 and under are distributed in packages of 25 between 10 a.m. and noon each Friday in the parking lots at four library branches: Florissant Valley, Lewis & Clark, Natural Bridge and Weber Road. A child must be present. Donations of diapers are also accepted. Period supply kits are also available from the St. Louis Alliance of Period Supplies. Visit

Supplies needed • BJC HealthCare is accepting donations of high-priority items including surgical masks, respirators, thermometers, disposable isolation gowns, goggles, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. A list of locations accepting donations is at

Delivering help • Lunches for Clinicians is an initiative to help both health care workers and local restaurants through purchasing and delivering meals. To donate, visit

Relief for artists • The Regional Arts Commission, in collaboration with the St. Louis Community Foundation, has established the RAC Artist Relief Fund. The fund is being launched with a $100,00 donation to "help artists whose creative practices and incomes have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic." Visit

Giving a hand • Bee Naturals, a Clarksville-based company that makes skin- and body-care products, is delivering free gallons of hand sanitizer to first responders. Recipients have included St. Louis and Berkley police, health care workers at area hospitals and St. Louis University international students. Visit

Social distancing, island style • Big Muddy Adventures is asking for pledgesfor each day that its founder, Michael F. Clark, remains on "Quarantine Island" somewhere on the Mississippi River. Proceeds go to the Gateway Resilience Fund. Visit

Hunger relief • Operation Food Search, a nonprofit hunger relief organization, is in need of funding and food donations. Contribute at

Beer for a good cause • Schlafly has come up with a brew to benefit the hospitality industry. Side Work, a "hazy IPA," is available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans at Schlafly brewpubs. Proceeds from sales of the beer will benefit the Gateway Resilience Fund. To order, call 314-241-2337.

Support local breweries • Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. is accepting donations to benefit its employees. Go to International Tap House in Soulard is also fundraising for its workers at

Help for SIUE students • The campaign is accepting donations on behalf of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students facing financial challenges during the pandemic. Visit

4 Hands for Hands • Two-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer are available at 4 Hands Brewery while supplies last. Donations to a GoFundMe campaign benefiting employees and owners of local, independent bars, restaurants and shops are suggested. Visit

Gateway Resilience Fund • The Gateway Resilience Fund, organized by the St. Louis Community Foundation, is accepting donations and applications. The fund provides monetary relief to employees and owners of independent bars, restaurants and shops. Visit

PPE for STL • A Facebook group has been organized to distribute personal protection equipment and medical supplies to health care professionals during the coronavirus pandemic. Visit

St. Louis Artist Relief Fund • Jessica Pautler, Jeremy Goldmeier and Kyle Kratky have established a campaign to benefit artists whose livelihoods have been threatened by the coronavirus. Visit

St. Louis Arts and Music Fund • Ben Majchrzak of Native Sound Recording has established the St. Louis Arts and Music Fund, a campaign benefiting musicians and artists in need. Visit

Topograph • Topograph has launched a campaign to raise money for employees of the food and beverage industry, in 10 cities including St. Louis. Proceeds from the sale of T-shirts will go into city-specific relief funds. Visit

UCPH Emergency Relief Fund • UCP Heartland is accepting donations to fight the impact of COVID-19 on individuals with developmental disabilities and health professionals through its UCPH Emergency Relief Fund. Donations of $50 are suggested. Visit

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