In the past few weeks, as the coronavirus crisis has begun to hit home, impacting lives in our own community and surrounding towns, we have witnessed our neighbors, friends, family, and strangers coming together in wonderful ways while remaining apart. We have been reminded of the good that is woven into the fabric of our society and is at the heart of the community we call home. Yes, these are hard times, but there is much to celebrate. So, we want to take a moment to share the random acts of kindness, the good deeds and the warm-hearted neighborliness we see all around us.
Walks in the neighborhood. Have you noticed how more people are out for walks with their spouses, partners, children or pets? We love this! And how about those friendly waves? We may be across the street from each other on opposite sidewalks or maintaining our distance on a trail, but rather than keeping to ourselves, we are connecting. That smile and friendly wave from a stranger or a neighbor you haven’t seen in months is a bright spot to lift the spirits. We wouldn’t mind if this trend never stopped.
Teddy bears in windows. What a wonderful idea! Thank you to whoever started this. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, people have been placing teddy bears in their front windows for children to discover when they walk by. It’s a fun scavenger hunt for the kiddos, and, we have to admit, the adults too. We’ve even spotted the random duck, bunny, and elephant!
Good deeds abound! Of course, we’ve been watching the news, it’s hard not too, but the wonderful stories of volunteerism, donations and random acts of kindness are inspiring and a reminder of how well we come together in times of need. The giving spirit is so strong right now, it almost feels like Thanksgiving or Christmas. Let’s keep this going year ‘round.
If you are in a position to help others, here are a few ideas…
- Foster a homeless pet, or donate supplies to an animal shelter
- Offer to grocery shop, or pick up prescriptions for your elderly neighbor
- Buy gift cards from local businesses who have had to close their doors
- Send cards to residents at senior care facilities
- Donate food or hygiene products to the local food pantry
- Give blood - the Red Cross is taking every precaution to ensure you remain safe from COVID-19 when you go to donate.
If nothing else, you can simply smile and be kind to those who are working on the front lines. The smallest gestures can go a long way to keeping our spirits lifted. We are all in this together.
And lastly, we want to share a great boredom buster we came across to help you keep moving and healthy while camping out in your own home! 25 Ways to Get Moving at Home
We are still operating during this time, taking all the necessary safety precautions, and are here to service your car or vehicle to keep you safe on the road as you go about your essential errands.
From all of us to all of you: Stay safe and be well!
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