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Small Acts of Kindness That Can Be Done from Your Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Small Acts of Kindness That Can Be Done from Your Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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During the coronavirus pandemic, it is easy to feel like your connection with the outside world has gotten smaller. But as you search for things to do while spending more time at home, you could consider ways to help those around you. There are many ways to strengthen your sense of community while still practicing social distancing, and one way to start is with an act of kindness.

Order a delivery meal for your neighbor

Order a delivery meal for your neighbor

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Small interactions, like saying “hello” to your neighbor throughout the week, are great ways to brighten someone’s day. But during social distancing, those meaningful moments aren’t as easy to come by. Instead, let your neighbor know you’re thinking about them by ordering them lunch or dinner. While you might have some food questions about coronavirus, the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t have any reason to believe that the virus can be transmitted through food, and most delivery services offer a contact-free option.

Tip delivery drivers generously

Tip delivery drivers generously

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Many restaurants have had to temporarily close to dine-in service, causing small businesses and people in the restaurant industry to take an economic hit. But a great way to help out is by tipping generously when you order takeout or delivery. Tipping standards vary by profession, so here’s a complete guide on how to tip delivery drivers and more.

Buy e-gift cards from local businesses

And buy e-gift cards from local businesses

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Many chains and services are offering free delivery right now due to the coronavirus pandemic. But this is also a crucial time to support local businesses and restaurants. One way to help is by purchasing an e-gift card to use at a later date.

Leave a thank-you note for your postal worker

Leave a thank-you note for your postal worker

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While the option to work from home is a possibility for some people, there are others who have no choice but to go work. Your postal worker is one of those people, showing up daily to deliver your mail and packages amid the coronavirus pandemic. A great way to show them you’re grateful is by leaving a thank-you note in your mailbox. In fact, saying “thank you” is just one way to be a kinder person.

Instacart or online shop for a high-risk person

Instacart or online shop for a high-risk person

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Some of the best grocery stores in America have delivery options. You simply go online and pick out the groceries you want, then a driver delivers them to you. Since many immunocompromised people have limited options when it comes to accessing household goods, a kind way to help is by having some groceries delivered to them.

Start recycling

Start recycling

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Acts of kindness don’t have to be limited to people. You can also show the environment how much you care. A great way to do your part from indoors is by implementing recycling in your home. And if you have no idea how to get started, here are some helpful recycling tips and tricks

Offer to virtually tutor someone

Offer to virtually tutor someone

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The option to learn virtually is just one way school has changed since you were a student. But during the coronavirus pandemic, online teaching is a great tool for students whose schools have temporarily closed. If you’re able to, a kind way to help is by offering to virtually tutor a student who may have difficulties learning online.

Clean a shared living space

Clean a shared living space

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Before you began spending so much time indoors, you may not have noticed how badly the dirtiest places in your home needed a little bit of love. But now, the overwhelming urge to clean might be creeping up on you. If that’s the case, you can show the people you live with that you care about them by breaking out your favorite all-natural cleaners and tidying up a shared living space.

Keep elderly people in the know with entertainment options

Keep elderly people in the know with entertainment options

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It’s easy to feel like spending more time at home isn’t so bad when you have endless entertainment options at your disposal. But your grandparents or your elderly neighbors might not be as tech-savvy as you are. Check in on them over the phone to help them download some streaming services, or send them the best free online virtual tours of landmarks they can take.

Foster an animal

Foster an animal

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You keep talking about getting a pet, and since you’re spending more time at home, now could be the time to help out by fostering an animal. Rescue pets make the best companions, after all. Be sure to pet-proof your house first because these household items could harm your new dog or cat.

See if your local animal shelter has an Amazon wish list

See if your local animal shelter has an Amazon wish list

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You may be able to donate to your local animal shelter without ever leaving your house. Some shelters have Amazon wish lists, which allow you to online shop instead of donating pet food and blankets in person. It also guarantees you won’t purchase any foods that you didn’t know are bad for dogs.

Join an online forum

Join an online forum

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While it’s important to reach out to your loved ones during social distancing, there are also strangers who need help feeling connected to the outside world. Online forums exist for every activity you could possibly imagine. Whether your hobby is knitting, running or something else, join an online forum and connect with others who love what you love.

Mail a letter to a loved one

Mail a letter to a loved one

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It’s not a fun feeling to grab the mail and find it’s filled with only bills and spam that need organizing. Brighten someone’s day with a card or letter, something hand-written to a person who might be missing you.

Donate to a charity

Donate to a charity

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As winter fades to spring, you’re probably thinking about breaking out your warm-weather wardrobe. And while you’re at it, box up some of those old clothes you haven’t worn in years and ship them to a local charity. In fact, donating to a charity is just one way to be more sustainable in your everyday life.

Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while

Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while

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It’s hard to remember to take breaks when you’re trying to successfully work from home. But the next time you step away from your computer to grab a snack or make lunch, take some time to call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. It’s an easy way to let a loved one know you’ve been thinking about them.

Start a fundraiser

Start a fundraiser

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While it’s a difficult time for everyone, it’s important to consider how you can help those most in need. An effective way to contribute from home is by starting a fundraiser. Consider raising money for charities that work to feed communities through soup kitchens and food pantries. You can donate the money from your fundraiser directly or use it to stock up on groceries with long shelf lives and send them to a local soup kitchen or shelter.

Start a scrapbook

Start a scrapbook

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Getting creative is a great way to stay active while you’re spending more time at home. But don’t forget to consider your loved ones while whipping up some arts and crafts. Go through old photo albums and repurpose some common household items to make the perfect scrapbook for your family.

Map out your family tree for your grandparents

Map out your family tree for your grandparents

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Your grandparents have done a lot for you, like teaching you all of the best cooking tips and tricks. Now is a good time to thank them with a thoughtful gift like mapping out your family tree. It’s a simple way to keep your family connected while social distancing.

Check in with a friend or family member in the healthcare industry

Check in with a friend or family member in the healthcare industry

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Many people have family or friends who work in the healthcare industry. They’re the first person you call when you’re not feeling well or need some advice on how to boost your immune system. And now is the time to reciprocate. Call someone you know who works in the healthcare industry and simply ask how they’re doing. It will go a long way.

Set up a video call with a friend group

Set up a video call with a friend group

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One way to help your loved ones feel connected to their community is by organizing a group check-in via Facetime, Skype, Zoom or any other means. You can even suggest you all watch a movie together and eat your favorite snack foods. Or, if you’d rather get a sweat in, try doing a group workout together with these amazing at-home exercises.

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