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Neighbors, organizations in the Front Range stepping up to help others during coronavirus outbreak

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Posted at 7:16 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 21:37:29-04

DENVER — Coloradans across the Front Range are doing their part to help their fellow neighbors in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Take, for example, Sara Mayer. Mayer runs an egg business in Loveland.

"I have about 2,500 chickens and I sell eggs at the grocery store, but Lucky’s Market had their bankruptcy situation and I was selling at two other stores that closed down so I had a surplus and I saw people just losing their minds," she said.

So, Mayer decided to help her neighbors by giving out free eggs in front of her home.

"Yesterday, I think, I got eggs out around nine or ten (in the morning) and I was out by two (in the afternoono), and I had brought 150 dozen the day before and same thing, just a little later," she said.

It’s a sense of community that’s being felt across the entire Front Range, said Kayla Garcia, the Vice President of Development with Mile High United Way.

"In a time like this we are going to do whatever we need to do to make sure that our friends, family and community is all taken care of," said Garcia. "Our main goal is that everyone is safe and takes care of sort of all their personal well-being. There are different ways to volunteer by just dropping off supplies at locations, which doesn’t include a lot of contact."

Mile High United Way started its own coronavirus volunteer program to help nonprofits and people in need. After two hours of announcing the program, 250 people had already signed up.

If you're interested in exploring volunteer opportunites, Mayor Hancock suggests people who are young, healthy and showing no symptoms of the virus should consider finding their favorite nonprofit and sign up to help.