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Miami Herald: What do you need or what can you give in this crisis? We’re connecting people with people

Anyone who lived through Hurricane Andrew knows South Florida is capable of coming together in a time of crisis.

That’s why the Miami Herald is launching People Helping People to assist local people in meeting the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

As cases grow throughout South Florida and all over the state, we face many difficulties.

Closed restaurants, bars, stores and hotels have led to layoffs and deepening economic crisis. With schools shut down, working parents must scramble to find childcare. Medical workers and staff at assisted living facilities are confronting the enormous task of caring for a population in danger of infection.

Our neighbors have lost paychecks and stability. We have all lost peace of mind.

But we are strong, and as we distance ourselves to get through this, we can also come together.

Maybe you need or have to offer food, a job or housing. Some agencies stand ready to help as well.

For instance, you can apply for Reemployment Assistance (formerly known as unemployment compensation) if you were working in Florida.

Feeding South Florida has launched a COVID-19 Response Fund to help support those in need. The nonprofit serves Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties, including access to its food pantry and home delivery.

Big companies also are coming to the rescue, with breaks on bills for internet and phone service.

But help also comes in the form of regular people helping people. If you can help, let us know how. And if you need help, let us know what we can do.

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