Another Reason To Love Nordstrom: Much Needed Support During the COVID Crisis

Posted on April 07, 2020, 5:48 pm
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Nordstrom’s response during the COVID crisis has been a much needed lift in uncertain times. If you’re a Seattleite, you probably don’t need another reason to love Nordstrom. We all have friends and relatives employed by the company and our fair share of traditions with our loved ones that take place there. For some of us, these traditions go back to our own childhoods.

For some, it’s the memory of getting that first suit or fancy dress. My personal favorite is the weekly shopping-lunch dates with my daughter over a span of fourteen years. But it’s also hard to top the Black Friday happy hour with grandma and daughters.

The Nordstrom Company Pulls through During the COVID-19 Crisis

During this challenging moment, Nordstrom found a unique way to help our community and set an example. Being the largest employer of tailors in North America, they have leveraged those capabilities to help with the medical supply shortage. Members of their alterations teams in Washington, Oregon, Texas, and California will sew more than 100,000 masks. These will be provided to one of their partners, Kaas Tailored, for sanitization and distribution to Providence Health & Services.

Do you want to join in the effort to provide masks to those who need them? Check out Kaas Tailored’s website for guides to make masks and how you can participate.

Already have supplies to donate? Visit GetUsPPE.org to find local donation sites in 41 states, or visit your local department of health’s website to find out what is needed and how you can help.

Supporting Trusted Partners

Another partner with Nordstrom in this crisis is The Seattle Foundation, which has established a COVID-19 Response Fund. This special fund will support communities disproportionately impacted by this public health emergency. Another critical partnership is with YouthCare, who is using emergency response funds to provide nutritious food access to homeless and vulnerable young people in Seattle.

Additionally, Nordstrom is supporting the Hetrick Martin Institute emergency meal service program, to continue to serve young people, most of whom are currently experiencing homelessness.

Volunteering where safe and donating are more important than ever. Use the links below to connect with each of their various partners:

Want more ways to help? Here are some ideas and organizations that members are already supporting:

  • Donate blood: There is a severe shortage due to blood drive cancellations. Find a donation location near you.
  • Help at-risk populations with tasks like grocery shopping or volunteer for and support organizations like Meals on WheelsFeeding America or your local food bank.
  • Support local organizations pooling resources for those in need, such as #AllInSeattle and NY Community Trust.
  • Buy gift cards from your local restaurants and service providers to redeem once business returns to normal. Of course, you can still buy Nordstrom gift cards, where 1% of each purchase goes towards nonprofits in our communities. Learn more at Nordstrom Cares.
  • Think globally and support international organizations like Direct Relief and CARE.

The excellent Nordstrom leadership recognizes that it takes everyone coming together (while staying six feet away) to get through this. The most important thing everyone can do right now is to embrace social distancing and stay home if sick to slow the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. As citizens of Seattle, we should all be inspired by our favorite local company.

Sarah Caples has lived in Seattle since 2004 working as a fashion stylist for private clients. Sarah launched an art and society blog in 2008, along with a monthly salon at The Sorrento Hotel, which ran until June 2012. As executive editor of VanguardSeattle.com, Caples hopes to cultivate an informed dialog about regional culture and bring people of diverse backgrounds together in support of nonprofits, artists and community builders.