How to Show You Care in a Time of Crisis
As we all temporarily adjust our lives to accommodate social distancing, it can feel as though we’re farther away from our loved ones than ever before. Yet, even if we can’t physically visit with our friends and family members in person, there are still plenty of ways to show you care and send a little joy, encouragement, and hope their way.
Want to reach out and help your neighbor, but aren’t sure how? With so many restrictions, you might not know where to turn or what to do. That’s why we’re here!
Today, we’re sharing 10 ways you can show you care, even if it’s from afar. Read on to discover little gestures with big meaning.
1. Go Grocery Shopping
All around the world, it seems as though modern commerce has come to a halt. Yet, many places considered “essential businesses” are still open, including grocery stores.
While most people are free to continue their weekly trips to the supermarket, someone in an at-risk category for coronavirus might be a little wary about making the trek. That’s where you can come in!
If you know someone who is elderly, immunocompromised, or simply uncomfortable going to the store, offer to pick up their grocery order for them. Then, call them and let them know the bags are on their porch.
2. Pick Up the Phone
We’ve grown accustomed to texting our way through the day, using emojis to express emotion. When’s the last time you picked up the phone and actually called someone?
Self-quarantining can be incredibly isolating, especially for someone living alone. Think of a loved one who could use a little pick-me-up, and dial away! Ask them how they’re doing and keep the conversation as positive as possible, rather than feeding into the panic.
If both of your phones allow, try FaceTiming to make the interaction that much more special!
3. Create a Neighborhood Facebook Group
Does your neighborhood already have a dedicated Facebook page? If so, make sure you’re on it. If not, now’s a great time to make one!
Use this space to share local advice, support small businesses, and check on your community members. Ask if anyone needs anything and how you can support them.
As you do so, keep in mind that some of your neighbors might not want to broadcast their needs on such a public forum. If there’s anyone you know personally, reach out privately to ask if they need food or supplies.
4. Support Charitable Organizations
Both local and global charitable organizations around the world depend on in-person fundraisers to rally the funds they need to support their mission. Due to recent cancellations, many of them are in dire need right now.
If you already give regularly to a charity, try to stick to your donation schedule if possible. If you haven’t supported a charity yet and have the means to do so, this is a great time to start. This extends to your local churches, which are feeling the financial impact brought by rows of empty pews.
5. Donate to a Local Food Bank
The food banks in your community are taking heroic strides to make sure everyone in need has access to the nourishment they require. That said, they don’t have unlimited stores of resources. Now more than ever, they need the support of their community.
This is especially the case as school closings extend and more people find themselves out of work. While any donation is appreciated, try to start with a monetary one if you can. This way, the food bank can choose which supplies it replenishes (including paper products), as well as when to refresh.
6. Send a Card
Do you have a loved one in a nursing home or retirement center? What about a special teacher that your kids are really missing? In either case, nothing beats a hand-written card.
If you’re the one penning it, take the time to write a few lines of encouragement to lift the spirits of someone who could use a little snail mail. If your little ones want to get in on the action, grab some colored paper and markers and consider it your art lesson for the day.
7. Donate Blood
Around the country, blood drives are set up to allow donors to keep their appointments, even amid the crisis. Medical workers are following strict hygienic standards and social distancing requirements, but it’s still possible to give in many places.
Doing so is critical to making sure the blood supply remains adequate during this critical event. If you’re physically able to give, consider doing so, even if it’s your first time.
8. Participate in “Chalk the Walk”
You might not be able to hug your neighbors just yet, but you can still send a little love their way.
Around the world, neighborhoods are conducting what’s known as “Chalk the Walk“. The premise is simple: Head outside and draw an inspirational message on your sidewalk, using good, old-fashioned chalk. Then, residents can walk by at a safe distance and admire your handiwork. It’s an easy way to get some fresh air and spread some cheer.
9. Buy a Small Business Gift Card
Is your beloved local coffee shop shutting its doors for a while? Maybe the take-out restaurant you frequent on Fridays is now operating on a limited schedule. Either way, you can still extend your support by buying a gift card to use at a later date.
Small business owners are among some of the hardest-hit populations right now, and even a $10 card can be a major bright spot in their day.
10. Host a Virtual Meetup
If you notice that a loved one is getting a little down, why not bring a virtual meetup their way? Thanks to online video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Skype, we can connect online with a group in a matter of seconds.
Whether it’s your book club, bible study, or mom’s group, there might be a collection of people you’re using to seeing on a regular basis. Now that everyone’s schedule is cleared, it should be easier than ever before to get together, even if you’re miles away.
Take This Time to Show You Care
As chaotic and isolating as this time might feel, it has the potential to be the very opposite.
When you take the time to show you care about your loved ones, especially during self-isolation, you can bring peace and connection to this overwhelming situation. We need each other more than ever before and extending care to someone else can be self-healing, as well.
If you need anything from our office, we’re here. Reach out at any time.