Being kind and helping others has a way of spreading happiness. It brings a smile to the person receiving it and can ‘warm the heart’ of the one giving it. One of the best ways to get through the COVID-19 pandemic is by acts of kindness that can make everyone involved feel happy.
Even with current ‘Stay at Home’ orders, there are plenty of ways that you can help make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Check on your neighbors.
Call or text your neighbors to find out how they’re doing. You can let them know that you’re happy to help if they need anything. Seniors and a parent home alone with young children may especially need help. Letting these neighbors know that you’re able to pick up some of their groceries when you go to the store can be a big help and mean a lot.
Remember those who are working on the front lines.
Many of you, our members, are working on the front lines, and we want you to know that we appreciate you! Along with healthcare workers, grocery store workers, police officers, firefighters, package delivery drivers, postal workers, and Instacart shoppers are a few of the other essential workers that are working hard to provide for our communities. Smiles and a ‘thank you’ can go a long way.
You can also call up your local police or fire department and ask if they’d be willing to accept a pizza delivery as a small token of your appreciation (this helps out your local pizzeria, too!), put a box of goodies such as bottles of water and granola bars by your front door with a note for delivery people to help themselves, and write a thank you note for those who have helped you.
Make a donation.
A donation can be anything from money, supplies, or even blood. Call local medical centers, shelters, and community centers to find out what is needed and how you can donate. It’s important to do your research before making a donation and never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.
Connect and volunteer virtually.
There are many ways that you can safely and virtually help your community during this difficult time. You can get ideas for helping and you can search for organizations in need through the State’s California Volunteers’ web page.
Take care of yourself!
While being kind to others is important, it’s also essential to be kind to yourself. When you feel yourself getting stressed, take a moment and try to relax; take a walk, meditate, or write your favorite inspirational quotes or verses. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask. It’s important to remember that we’re in this together, which means helping each other.