To support all of you during the pandemic, our team wanted to share the below ideas on acts of kindness that we can all do every day. Enjoy!
1. Younger people grocery shop for seniors. They can shop online and pick it up and deliver it to their front door.
2. Deliver books and puzzles to seniors and others.
3. Organize a neighborhood prayer chain- all pray at a certain time of day. Do the set daily time via email to neighbors.
4. Share any abundance of frozen groceries.
5. Check in with all neighbors, even if not elderly via email or phone- a personal phone call gives a feeling of “connection” to someone, especially ones living alone.
6. Offer to pick up meds at drive up pharmacy window for the elderly.
7. Send some email jokes to friends and family. It cheers them up!
8. Send cards to neighbors and friends-always great to get mail!
9. If elderly have a pet, offer to walk their pet for them or pick up pet food if they need it.
10. Be positive about the future when talking/emailing. Positivity breeds a positive outlook. This will pass and we will get thru this together.
11. Children’s artwork cheers anyone up. Maybe have your children make artwork for neighbors. Ask neighbors to hang the artwork in a front window of their house to show your street is working together to keep smiling and be positive.
12. Take the time to call/ write/email those friends/relatives you have been meaning to contact.
13. Weather permitting, encourage all to go for a short walk outside each day. Fresh air does wonders. This can be done with social distance.
14. When you see someone walking outside, getting their mail or morning paper, give them a big smile and say how good they look and it is good to see them. Smiles help everyone!
15. If you have enough, share a pot of soup you make with others.
16. Share DVD’s of good movies, especially if a neighbor/friend/family member does not have cable.
17. Make a yummy dessert for a neighbor/friend. That makes anyone smile!
18. If you feel you should not interact with someone but want to keep in touch, do FaceTime with them. Again, a connection for them.
19. Recommend a funny tv show you like so they can watch it and laugh. As this virus runs its course, depression can hit so as they say, “laughter is the best medicine!
20. Find/recommend groups you can play online card games with. Always fun and a great time filler.
21. Play a trivia game with neighbors via email. Send trivia questions and give a time frame to answer! Once all are able to interact safely again, have a potluck neighborhood supper and announce the trivia winner.
22. Anyone you have been on the “outs” with, email or text asking for/ giving forgiveness. Forgiveness is a wonderful act of kindness.
23. Distribute any craft items/coloring books/computer games to families with children.
24. When ordering take out food, see if an elderly neighbor would like to order too and you pick it up and deliver it.2
5. Say “I Love You” everyday to those close to you.