A new social movement is helping connect those who need help with those who can help

Shelly Tygielski initially founded Pandemic of Love as a way for her local community to offer and receive aid. Her posts were widely shared and within days her organization was matching donors with those in need across the country.

(CNN)The coronavirus pandemic has inspired a grassroots movement that is connecting people who need help with donors who can offer financial assistance.

So far, contributors have passed $13 million through more than 100,000 matches.
Shelly Tygielski came up with the idea that she named Pandemic of Love. The mindfulness teacher in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was looking for simple ways people in her community could take care of each other.
"As the pandemic started, I started to see the fear bubble up on my social media feeds and from friends," Tygielski told CNN. "I wanted to turn from this environment of fear to an opportunity for us to create connection, community and strengthen the bonds of love between us."

A small effort goes global

Tygielski initially put her idea into action as a way for her local meditation group to get involved.
"I posted the original video and the two links to signup forms on my social media feeds on March 14 and woke up the next morning and there were already 400 requests to get help and 500 to give help," Tygielski said.