Posted by Anna Burnsten Gilette on 9/22/2020 to
Most people know the story of Anne Frank, but not everyone knows the story of Miep Gies, one of the people who helped Anne and her family hide from the Nazis for two years. Miep brought the Franks food and other necessities while they were in hiding, but just as importantly she brought friendship and a connection to the world outside.
During COVID-19 some people, due to age or health, are in quarantine for their safety. We can take inspiration from Miep and help those who are isolated or unable to go out.
For example, we can:
- Bring them groceries.
- Call, text or email.
- Send them a favorite book or movie.
- Run errands for them.
- Walk their dog or do yard work.
- Plan virtual celebrations for holidays and birthdays.
- Find other creative ways to help them keep their spirits up.
What are some other ways we can help our community and our loved ones during these uncertain times?
Read more about the friendship between Miep Gies and the Frank family in Behind the Bookcase: Miep Gies, Anne Frank, and the Hiding Place