Helpful Tips for Social Distancing

Helpful Tips for Social Distancing

Most Americans are advised to social distance or have been required to shelter in place. Shopping for necessities can pose a real challenge. There are many delivery services available currently from most chain stores for all of the items you need. 

While you use the list below to help make distancing easier, let’s remember others that may need help. Communities must come together in times of crisis. If we each help one person, we have made a big difference. We can remain safe and at a distance while helping those in need:

    • Donate to your favorite charity or church, they are struggling as donations wane.
    • Buy local. Order take-out weekly or buy a gift card from your favorite restaurant or store. It will help local businesses to stay afloat.
    • Call your elderly neighbors to see if they have the items they need.  Older people may not be as tech-savvy and may not know How to Shelter in Place Like a Prothey can get groceries and prescriptions delivered.  

American’s come together in times of crisis. We all need to do our part. We can make a difference even though we’re at a distance.

Here are some tips to help you avoid crowds and public places and still get everything you need.  This post is meant for informational purposes only and is not intended to endorse any particular brand.


Many national brands and local stores deliver. For my area, I use Peapod and Prime Now, delivering for Whole Foods. Both apps can be downloaded through the App Store for the iPhone or Google Play for Android. You may prepay by credit or debit card and the groceries are left on your porch/doorstep. There does not need to be *direct contact with the delivery person if you prepay.

There are many items currently out of stock. You may want to enable “ok to substitute” if you don’t have brand preferences. Delivery charges may apply and some services offer tipping options which can reduce face to face contact with the delivery person. Use coupons? Many services allow you to submit product coupons when buying online. *See CDC guidelines for surface cleaning of all surfaces/products you come in contact with which may include grocery items


Don’t cook? Most restaurants are offering delivery service or curbside pickup. Many that did not traditionally offer delivery are now because of the shutdown. There are also options like Uber Eats and DoorDash®. They are third party companies that pick up and deliver to you. The apps can be found on the App Store for iPhone or via Google Play for Androids. Prepay via credit card and include tips in payment when possible to *minimize face to face contact. *Use CDC guidelines for sanitizing surfaces of various types of packaging.


Use online pharmacy apps. Ask for 90-day supplies when possible. My local CVS store will deliver any item in the store including prescriptions. See CDC guidelines for surface cleaning of all surfaces/products you come in contact with including pharmacy items. The corona lives on various surfaces for extended periods. It may be recommended you sanitize pharmacy products & packaging.


Exercise can be a challenge if you are used to going to a gym. Some people live in areas where they can get outside safely for a run or walk 6 feet or further from others but, some are ‘shelter in place’ with no outdoor activities allowed. There are many online downloadable exercise videos. I subscribe to the Yoga Channel. Many are free and some have a fee.  Remember if you don’t already exercise you’ll want to discuss it with your doctor before starting.


There are alcohol delivery services. I had to double-check but in most areas, it’s considered an essential service!


I must confess I’ve never ‘gamed’ but, this might be the right time to try online gaming. There are hundreds of online game streaming services that families can utilize for entertainment.


And lastly, Amazon is a source for countless products. If you choose the paid version called “Amazon Prime” you get free delivery on many items. You can buy groceries, housewares, personal items, and access to Prime TV. They also offer Audible, an audiobook service for those that prefer to listen to their favorite books.


Stay connected with friends and family for free while distancing. Use to video chat with friends and family. Video chats are free for up to 40 minutes per call. Use the ‘gallery’ function to see everyone on the call in one view.


The link to the CDC website for additional information. The information changes and evolves daily. Check back to this link regularly for updates.


If you have other ideas or apps that can be helpful, please share!

Dedication To The Community: Bill Torres & The Wheeler Clinic

Dedication to the Community: Bill Torres & The Wheeler Clinic

Bill Torres, CEO and President of Gibbs, volunteers his time and efforts as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Wheeler Clinic in Connecticut.  As Vice Chair, his role includes membership on the Executive Committee, Board Meetings, Past Chair and current member of the Retirement Benefits Committee, as well as, Past Chair and current member of the Golf Event Committee.

Bill first became involved with the Wheeler Clinic 11 years ago when a friend invited him to assist with the yearly Golf Outing to benefit the Clinic.  Bill has been involved ever since.

In a recent discussion about his commitment to the organization Bill added, “The experience with Wheeler has been wonderful.  They are a very well run organization providing a full range of outstanding care to those in our community who are often underserved.”

Gibbs and the Torres family are sponsors of the annual Golf Outing.  If you would like to attend this year’s golf event on June 11th  or donate to Wheeler you can visit their website here:

About Wheeler Clinic

Wheeler has facilities in several communities in Connecticut including; Bristol, Enfield, Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, Middletown, New Britain, New Haven, New London, and Plainville.

Wheeler provided comprehensive solutions that address complex health issues providing individuals, families, and communities with accessible, innovative care that encourages recovery, health, and growth, at all stages of life.

Wheeler provides behavioral health, addiction, and primary care services across Connecticut including treatment for mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, opiate and heroin addiction, substance abuse, alcoholism, asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more.

This blog post is part of the #GibbsPeopleCare campaign promoting the selfless things Gibbs employees and their families do for their communities and charities.

The Gibbs Team ‘Toys for Tots’ Toy Drive

The Gibbs Connecticut Team Exceeded Goals For Annual “Toys for Tots” Campaign

The generous staff and community of people at Gibbs came together this Holiday Season to collect a near truckload of toys for the Marine’s, ‘Toys for Tots’ campaign.  A friendly, competitive spirit, between the office and manufacturing department, proved to be the catalyst for a successful toy drive.   

We’re proud of the efforts of all that coordinated and donated.