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Looking for an easy way to contribute to Coronavirus relief?

Just say "Alexa, make a donation to COVID-19 relief"

Alexa will then confirm that you want to donate to the Feeding America COVID-19 Response Fund, which was set up in March to enable food banks across the country to continue to feed people in need within their communities.

Once you say "Yes," Alexa will ask how much you want to donate. You can contribute any amount between $5 and $200. After you tell Alexa the amount you want to give, the donation will be processed via Amazon Pay and charged to the payment method associated with your Amazon account.

No inputting a credit card, billing address or any of that! This is unquestionably the fastest way for us Alexa users to make a financial contribution to COVID-19 relief, and I love that you can give as little as $5.


 

There are also great non-financial ways to support your community during the pandemic

I came across a wonderful article from Idealist on 9 ways to help others during the Coronavirus. Here are a few highlights:

  1. Check in on your neighbors: Call or text to check in on them, and ask your more vulnerable neighbors if they have what they need. If you're comfortable, offer to do a grocery or pharmacy run for them
  2. Explore ways to volunteer virtually: For example, one organization on Idealist is looking for volunteers to make weekly, friendly phone calls to the elderly and homebound
  3. "Waste not, want not": According to Feeding America, 72 billion pounds of food goes to waste each year. It's important that during this period when many grocery stores can't keep up with demand that we use what we have
  4. Take care of yourself: Making smart choices for yourself makes both you and your community safer
Tap/click here to read the full article.

Alexa gets a new long-form speaking style

The new long-form speaking style will help Alexa sound more human by incorporating natural pauses in dialogue and when she's reading longer-form material to you (e.g., from websites or during the storytelling portion of games).

Tap/click here to read more!
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