Good deeds and acts of kindness you can do while social distancing. Don’t let current circumstances stop you from helping others.
Social distancing. An abundance of caution. Flattening the curve. New words that have entered our vocabulary. And sometimes all those new words and new habits (such as isolating at home and social distancing) have caused us to stop thinking about others.
But it’s more important than ever for us to take a moment and focus on acts of kindness. People everywhere are unemployed, isolated, and we’re facing a recession when this is finally over.
But we can make an impact on others with how we react to the situation. One way to deal with the situation is to start making a habit of acts of kindness towards others.
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Acts of Kindness
1.Get cards, write a nice message, and send them to a local nursing home. If it’s Easter season, I have Free Printable Easter Cards that you might want to check out. I also love these Colorful Blessing Cards. But Kindness Quotes cards work also if you don’t want to color. If you have kids, they can make homemade cards that will be really appreciated!
2. Give blood. The Red Cross page allows you to easily search for local opportunities to give blood. They’re having a blood shortage with a bunch of drives being cancelled.
3. Donate items from your home. Since you’re stuck at home, take the time to really dig through closets and find things you can donate. While Goodwill and Salvation Army thrift stores might not be open for random donations, you can see if local shelters for the homeless need anything. Or just set the items aside to donate when life is back to normal.
4. Leave a really nice tip next time you pick up take-out or have food delivered.
5. Foster an animal. With shelter-in-place orders in a lot of areas, animal shelters have been closed for adoptions. But they’re still getting pets in. This is the perfect time to help out by fostering a pet.
6. Help someone in another country with a micro-loan. Kiva allows you to make a loan for as little as $25. I’ve loaned the same $100 out over the last 3 years for a total of 24 loans. Only one defaulted.
7. Send someone a hand-written letter or card in the mail.
8. Have a neighborhood food drive. Contact the local food bank and see what they need. If your neighborhood has a Facebook page (my neighborhood does), share what is needed. Set a date and have everyone leave what they’re donating at the end of the driveway for you to pick up. Deliver to the local food bank.
9. Or just donate to the local food bank on your own. A lot more people are unemployed right now and might have trouble getting the necessities.
10. While you can’t donate baked goods to nurses, policemen, or firemen right now, you can give them a gift card to somewhere like DoorDash or GrubHub (or a local restaurant that is offering delivery).
11. Contact the people in your life. Ideas: send them a funny meme or joke via pm or text. Send them an uplifting news article. Text them an inspirational quote. Find a cute animal picture and share it with them. Or just call and chat.
12. Don’t forget about those you live with. Take the trash out even if it’s not your turn. Make a special dinner or dessert for the family.
Share Your Own
I hope one of those ideas resonated with you. Comment below with an act of kindness that you’ve done recently (or are planning on doing).
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YENEDIK D FONTELA VILA says
Thank you for share. My favorite part is Kiva. I did not about that. I am planning to help.
Yep, I love Kiva. And the best part is you can help people…but if you ever need the money (and the loans have been paid back), you can withdraw your money.