During dark and difficult times like these, it’s all too easy to get caught up in feelings of fear and negativity. But adversity can also remind us of what’s really important in life, like spending time with our families, spreading kindness, and supporting our communities.
And even though social distancing and staying home are crucial right now, there are plenty of ways we can support each other while doing so. And those acts of kindness are exactly what we’ll be exploring in today’s blog post!
Today I’ll be sharing 9 acts of kindness you can do to help people in your community while keeping yourself and others around you safe. I invite you to join me in picking at least one of these acts of kindness to perform this week, and I hope you’ll report back and tell us all about it! :-)
9 Acts Of Kindness You Can Do While Social Distancing
1. Support Your Local Food Bank
With unemployment numbers skyrocketing, food banks all over the country need all the help they can get. If you’re not sure where your local food bank is or how to contact them, use Feeding America’s search tool here.
Most food banks have a website you can use to make monetary donations, volunteer your time, or find out what food items they accept and where to drop them off. Any support you can lend to your local food bank will help your community!
2. Give Blood
If you are in good health, giving blood is a great way to support your community right now. Since they can’t currently host blood drives, the American Red Cross is currently depending on individual blood donations booked through their website to meet the demand.
They are currently encouraging healthy individuals to book a blood donation appointment for the weeks ahead to ensure a continued steady supply of blood. You can book a donation appointment here.
3. Make & Donate Masks
If you’re handy with a sewing machine, consider making homemade face masks and donating them to people who don’t already have one. The CDC recommends we wear cloth face masks in public settings where social distancing is difficult, so ask around to find out if your friends, family, or neighbors could use one.
4. Deliver Treats
Remember playing “ding dong ditch” as a kid? The coronavirus pandemic has brought this game back in a big way, because it’s a great way to deliver treats to friends and neighbors while maintaining social distancing standards.
If you want to spread some joy by dropping off treats for friends or neighbors, store-bought treats are probably the safest option. Drop them at the door, ring the bell, and run—and don’t forget to wash your hand before and after!
5. Support Local Businesses
People who work in service industries have been hit hard by this pandemic, including cooks, servers, beauty and grooming professionals, cleaners, fitness trainers, and so many more. If you regularly supported service workers before their operations were closed, chances are they could use your support now more than ever!
Reach out to your barber, hair dresser, nail tech, etc., and find out how you can support them. Many businesses are currently offering gift cards you can purchase now and use later, once they are able to reopen.
If you don’t have money to spare at the moment, consider leaving a 5-star review online for your favorite local businesses. It may not seem like a big deal, but a few positive reviews on sites like Google and Yelp can make a massive difference for small businesses!
And finally, continue supporting your favorite local restaurants! Many are offering contact-free curbside pickup or delivery options that are safe and easy to use. Order directly from the restaurant when possible to ensure that all your money will help support their business.
6. Spread Some Love
This is a scary time for all of us, so look for opportunities to spread love and positivity wherever you can! From supportive sidewalk chalk messages to posting hearts in your windows, every little bit will help spread cheer to folks who need it.
Explore your local community groups on Facebook to learn about coordinated efforts to spread joy that may be happening in your area.
7. Don’t Hoard Groceries
It’s hard to feel safe and secure when we continue to encounter empty shelves at the grocery store. One of the biggest ways we can help each other out is by not buying more than we need, especially when it comes to essential items like toilet paper, disinfecting products, and staple foods.
Demand is high right now, but supply chains are still intact, so there’s no need to buy several weeks’ worth of anything. Pick up what you need for the next week or two, and leave the rest for someone else.
8. Support School Lunch Initiatives
Many students who come from food-insecure homes depend on school lunches to eat. Schools across the country have implemented programs to continue to provide meals for students, and they could really use your help!
Contact your local public school district to find out how you can get involved. Some programs need money, while others need volunteers to help with preparation or distribution of meals. Any support you can offer will help feed hungry kids and their families!
9. Stay Home & Wash Your Hands
And finally, you can help out your community by washing your hands frequently and staying home as much as possible. Not only will these things protect yourself and your family, but they’ll help protect others too! :-)
Share your ideas for supporting our communities in the comments below!