The world has changed so much over the past few weeks. As this virus spreads, so do fear and uncertainty. Here are some ideas to help you spread kindness to others. Hard times are a wonderful opportunity to allow the best of humanity to shine. Communities are reacting in an attempt to protect their members. Yesterday, our community announced the closure of all schools, community centers, libraries, and large gatherings including church services. It’s a lot to take in.
There is a lot of panic and fear which is understandable. There have been reports of that fear causing toilet paper shortages, bare shelves as people hoard and stockpile, and even some of the worst of humanity emerging like the man buying out all the children’s thermometers in a city to take advantage of parents’ fears and sell them at exorbitant prices.
But there is also the opportunity during something like this for us to model for our kids how to serve others. I have seen beautiful stories. I have heard so many people offering help to others.
I hope that when we look back at these surreal times, we are able to remember the way the world came together to help and neighbours bonded as they cared for each other’s needs.
Ways to Spread Kindness:
- Make individually portioned freezer meals for seniors or those who are immunocompromised and shouldn’t go out. Soups, stews, and casseroles are all great ideas. *Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before cooking and don’t cook for others if you believe you may have been exposed to the virus.
- Deliver groceries, medicine, and other necessities to seniors. Leave items on doorsteps for safety.
- Call those you know who are in isolation just to say hello and encourage them. Remember those who are extraverts or prone to depression as this time may be particularly hard on them.
- Shovel a neighbour’s driveway or mow their lawn.
- Offer child care for essential workers such as nurses, doctors, police officers, firefighters or single parents.
- Share or trade puzzles, board games, or books with another family. (be sure to wipe down anything before it comes into your house)
- Host virtual playdates and activities over Skype or other online platforms. You can do a simple activity together using common household items that everyone has on hand. This helps with boredom and isolation.
- Deliver pet food or offer dog walking to those on isolation with pets.
- Donate to the local food bank.
- Join an online community support group (there are many local ones on Facebook) to find the needs in your area.
- Be kind.
You can print off your own copy of the Ways to Spread Kindness poster to help remind you and your kids of ways to make the best of this time.
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