Planning anything in 2020 is a challenging thing to do because of the Covid-19 pandemic, 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 yourlocal food bank. They all need help and contributions, especially those in communities hardest hit by COVID-19.
- Give blood. According to theAmerican Red Cross, there is an urgent need for blood due to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Check on seniors, disabled, or other at-risk neighbors in your area. Call ahead and set up a front porch visit where you bring a lawn chair and have them come out on their front porch for 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 a crisis like this.
- Have children draw pictures and write letters to local seniors in nursing homes who can’t have visitors at this time.
- Shop or do errands for quarantined (even self-quarantined) families who need to stay home or don’t want to take their kids out in public areas.
- 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!