There is nothing better than living in a community where people look out for each other, although it takes an effort from everyone to make this a reality. Even though our lives are all extremely busy, it doesn’t take much effort to think about the people you live next to and do your part to make sure no one is left alone and isolated in your community. Even small gestures, like the following ideas, can make the world of difference.
Send Gift Baskets
If there is a person or family on your street that you know is struggling a bit this year, have a gift basket delivered to them and show them that they are not alone. Not everyone can afford the little luxuries in life, so your thoughtful gesture can provide a bit of respite that may enable more significant change. It can also be a good way to let someone know that they are appreciated at any time of year.
Whether it’s the local Senior Citizen’s Home or the people who organise the homeless services in your area, there are always people who could use an extra cook in the kitchen. Get organised, find out what’s being done and who needs help. It’s a great way to do your part to support vital services in your community and you will probably meet some new friends while you are at it.
Support Businesses That Give
Supporting charities can be as simple as having more awareness when you purchase your everyday items. Make the switch to charity cards for birthdays, Christmas, and other special occasions. If you are buying a gift for somebody, choose a store that supports local community, whether that is an actual charity or a business that is known to help those in need.
There will no doubt be countless celebrations and events in your area throughout the year, and a lot of work will have gone into planning and preparing for each event. Make a point of finding out what’s going on and be sure to turn up and show your support. There’s nothing worse than having a slim turnout to your big event. If the event is a fundraiser, be generous if you can afford to, as your donation will most definitely be helping improve and support your community.
We all want to live in healthy, happy communities; but only you can make the place you live a great one. If you are lucky enough to have things going your way, think of those living right next to you and find a way to offer support. You never know, maybe this time next year you will be in need of a friendly neighbour or be hosting an event you want people to attend. Help start a trend of mutual support in your community that will become a permanent and not a seasonal thing.