LOS ANGELES, Calif.–As panic stirs across the world, there are a few silver linings to be noted. Whether it’s families growing closer, or community leaders stepping up to provide resources for those in need–many have found a glimmer of hope to share amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Mommy bloggers share helpful resources for parents

Stephanie Peltier, a mother of four in Minnesota, recently gave birth to her fourth child. She planned an at-home delivery prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, and she’s glad she did.  

“I was very grateful that I looked into and planned on doing an at-home delivery because our hospitals right now won’t even let your husbands in the delivery room,” said Peltier. “my heart goes out to all the mommas right now about to have a baby.”

“I can’t even imagine what they are feeling,” she added.

Better known as @Honestlymommy on Instagram, she has nearly 65,000 followers. To help others navigate through this “new normal,” she has begun writing posts with helpful tips for parents.

In one of Peltier’s posts, she provides parents with some helpful craft ideas. She also links to other platforms with resources for parents on different kinds of crafts their kids can do during the quarantine.

Although this is an interesting time to have a baby, Peltier explained her family is focused on the good, wherever they can find it. 

Bethany Rose is another mother of three from Pittsburgh. She is also a mommy influencer on Instagram that recently used her platform @wavesandlilacs to help mothers raise their children during the quarantine. 

Initially, Rose did not want to talk about the pandemic on her platform, until she realized the pandemic was worldwide. 

There was no way around it. But she “wanted to give hope along with that message and be an encouraging place for people to go on sharing activities for kids to do at home.”

“And tips for not only surviving through this but also thriving,” said Rose. 

The Rose family: Emmet, Bethany, Juniper, Jake, and Hadley in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Both Peltier and Rose agreed that having a routine for their family is essential during this time.

“Routine is really good, I think kids thrive on a routine, but it should not be mistaken as a schedule,” Rose said. “Not everything will be the same every single day.” 

Planning for dinners for a family of five or six is also included in the routine.

Both mothers seem to plan out their dinners, and there is no right way of planning–it is solely based on preference. 

The Peltier family will occasionally order take-out from local restaurants to support local businesses, while cooking at-home meals here and there, too. 

“It is a balance of using what we have,” Peltier said. 

“I went through my deep-freeze-freezer, refrigerator, and made a list of everything that is in there so we can have less food going to waste.” 

Luckily, both of these families are fortunate enough to have food to feed their families. Still, as the economy plunders and unemployment rises, it will be difficult for others to provide for their family. 

A local food bank steps up 

“We are committed to serving the people of the area,” Carol Allbaugh, member of the Board of Directors of Carol’s Kitchen said.

Carol’s Kitchen is a food bank serving Beaumont, Banning and Cabezo in California. They help provide sack lunches and groceries for people in need. 

The organization would typically serve hot meals for anyone who would come into the soup kitchen. Recently, they have transitioned their process to adapt to the needs of the community during the pandemic. 

The food bank has been a part of the Beaumont-Banning area since 1998. The organization was created by Jim and Arlene Ragan to honor their daughter’s life, Carol Ragen, who was killed by a drunk driver in 1996. 

They wanted to create an organization that represented the type of person their daughter was, Allbaugh explained. 

“The last words in her private journal were, ‘Ask your heart what is right and follow it,’ [which is]  Carol’s Kitchen’s motto to this day,” according to Carol’s Kitchen website

Allbaugh has noticed many different walks of life come to the food bank, including families and children to pick up food and groceries. 

People can make donations to the organization on their website www.carolskitchenic.org

Other organizations doing their part to help feed children and families include the Children Hunger Alliance, Oxfam America and local food pantries. 

During this time of uncertainty, people have begun to help one another whether that is providing helpful tips through social media or donating to their local food bank. 

“We are all in this together, and if there has been a time in history where the whole world feels the same way, it would be right now,” Peltier said. 

Written ByMaydeen Merino

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