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THANK YOU to all of those working to keep us safe and healthy! 💙


The power of community: San Diegans helping one another

NEWS 8 knows the power of San Diegans, the power of our community, especially in times of need. 

NEWS 8 joined forces with The San Diego Foundation to raise IMMEDIATE, EMERGENCY FUNDS for our most vulnerable neighbors in need.

  • Food security
  • Rent & utility bills
  • Income replacement & Gap Funding
  • Nonprofit, no-interest loans for business & community service

100 percent of donations will go to organizations helping San Diegans impacted by the COVID-19 ongoing health crisis.

We’re here to help one another navigate through these uncertain times. Here are ways you can help:

Donate now to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund


THANK YOU to all the workers! 💙

Not everyone is able to work from home during the coronavirus outbreak, please join us in thanking those who are providing us with the opportunities to buy what we need and those cleaning spaces to keep us safe and healthy. We will get through this together.


San Diegans can foster a pet while social distancing at home

The San Diego Humane Society is one of many adoption centers throughout the country looking for volunteers to foster animals amid the global pandemic of coronavirus. Click the link below to learn more and apply to foster a pet! 🐾🐶🐕🐩♥🐈 

RELATED: San Diegans can foster a pet while social distancing at home

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Carlsbad father composes humorous coronavirus song for a good cause

A Carlsbad father is promoting humor for a good cause with his coronavirus song. In this Zevely Zone, Jeff went to the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach to meet the man who is calling himself the Crisis Crooner.

This all started with a YouTube clip Chris Maddox emailed Jeff. He clicked on the link and was instantly smiling. Chris composed his song and sentiments from the closet in his Carlsbad home.

RELATED: Carlsbad father composes humorous coronavirus song for a good cause

Carlsbad father composes humorous coronavirus song for a good cause


Senior Resource Guide: helping seniors and people with preexisting conditions in San Diego

Many stores in San Diego County are delivering meals or adjusting their store hours to help seniors during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

San Diegans in need of food can click on the link below for food bank locations, food sites open during school closures, and other resources. 

RELATED: Senior Resource Guide: helping seniors and people with preexisting conditions in San Diego

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Acts of kindness in San Diego amid coronavirus

San Diegans are finding ways to help each other out during the COVID-19 crisis.

"I'm worried myself, but I've found in my life when I reach out and offer to serve it's kind of a distraction and it makes me feel better. I know other people feel the same way," said Madison Geist.

She posted on the social media site Nextdoor, offering to help any seniors in her downtown neighborhood get groceries. She's also helping people at her church.

"I had a woman from my church who I called up, she doesn’t have a car and she's elderly. She just felt really touched that someone is looking out for her in these times," said Geist. 

RELATED: Acts of kindness in San Diego amid coronavirus

Acts of kindness in San Diego amid coronavirus


A different kind of birthday for 78-year-old San Diego Navy veteran

We would like to extend a special birthday wish to George Williams, who turned 78 years old on Wednesday.

His daughter Vonnie Warrick reached out to Marcella Lee to share their story, knowing that she has a mother with Alzheimer's Disease, and asked if News 8 could give her dad a "shout out."  

With new coronavirus restrictions prohibiting visitors from entering senior homes, Vonnie had to wish her dad "Happy Birthday" this year, by holding her palm up to his, on either side of a glass window.

"We cannot visit him, and he doesn't understand," said Vonnie.

So, we hope this "Happy Birthday" wish puts a smile on Mr. Williams' face when he sees it.  

RELATED: A different kind of birthday for 78-year-old San Diego Navy veteran

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San Diego Food Bank is asking San Diegans to volunteer or donate. Here's how you can help.

The Food Bank’s operations are continuing as normal. The Food Bank is monitoring the situation closely and taking necessary precautions to help make sure that food and product remains safe and that our distributions and volunteer activities can continue.

The Food Bank is committed to the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors. We are closely monitoring announcements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that we are following their recommended guidelines. In addition, the Food Bank is taking the following proactive and voluntary steps to help reduce contact and/or spread of COVID-19:

  • Providing gloves to all volunteers handling food at our warehouses
  • Making hand sanitizers available throughout our warehouses
  • Increasing the visibility and importance of handwashing in the restrooms and throughout the facility
  • Advising people to avoid touching their eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
  • Advising people to avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Advising staff and volunteers to stay home if they display signs of illness or come into contact with affected individuals

For more information about volunteering or donating, visit sandiegofoodbank.org.


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What Everyone Can Do to Minimize Chances of Getting COVID-19

People can help limit the spread of infection, by taking these steps:

  • Wash your hands often to help protect you from germs.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available. It should contain at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home and keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then wash your hands.
  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

Get COVID-19 Info Via Text

County residents can now receive information about the novel coronavirus via text thanks to the County COVID-19 public information text message alert system. The system allows County health officials to send real-time information about COVID-19 in the region. To sign up to receive the messages, text COSD COVID19 to 468-311. The system was set up to let County public health officials issue information and instructions on changes related to COVID-19 in the region.

If you have individual questions, please talk to your health care provider. For community resources, please call 2-1-1 San Diego or visit 211sandiego.org or the County’s Coronavirus Disease webpage.