Planning anything during this pandemic is a challenging thing to do, so keeping things simple might be the best approach. We would encourage you to consider having individuals or family units do things at home or in the community that would help others. These might include:
- Collect food for your local food bank. They all need help and contributions, especially those in communities hardest hit by COVID-19.
- Give blood. According to the American Red Cross, there is an urgent need for blood due to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Check on seniors, the disabled, or other at-risk neighbors in your area. These past few years have been very difficult on the older population, particularly those who live alone. Call ahead and set up a brief visit and prayer time.
- Check in on anyone you know who might have depression or anxiety, both of which can be exacerbated during times like this.
- Have children draw pictures and write letters to local seniors in nursing homes who don’t have family to visit them.
- Shop or do errands for folks who do not have easy access to transportation.
- Send thank-you notes and cards of appreciation to front-line workers at hospitals, public safety workers (police, fire-fighters, rescue squad workers), those working in the service industries (grocery store workers, restaurant staff, etc.). Simply be kind to them when they are assisting/serving you!