We’re about half way through 2020 and boy, what a year it has been thus far.
I recently asked my social media contacts for help with a charity that provides food packs for children. It was a simple ask of making cards with fun sayings, inspirational messages, jokes etc… The kids appreciate the food and they LOVE the cards! It’s that personal touch that really resonates with the kids. Such a simple thing creates a nice impact.
I was so inspired by the number and variety of friends, neighbors and past acquaintances that responded. My god-daughter, new friends, old friends, a mother of a child I taught in preschool many moons ago all responded! One of my mother’s friends who lives in a retirement community has formed a little group to make the cards together. It’s been a bonus for me to see this outpouring of help.
Instinctively, we want to “give back” and be helpful. But it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to do. My friend Susan always suggests to start small and reminds me that acts of compassion can have a ripple effect.
I show my love by cooking for others. Food has a way of connecting us that is elemental. Reach out and let someone know you are thinking of them, such as a neighbor who is a shut-in or a co-worker who has little children home. Wouldn’t they feel good receiving a casserole ready for dinner, or a plate of homemade cookies? Think how meaningful it would be for a teacher who has struggled to provide online classes if you dropped off dinner as a thank you for all their hard work.
If you are interested in helping your local food bank here is a link to find one in your area.