By Jennifer Hallmark. @JenniferHallmark
Today’s post comes to you from my online writer friend, Jennifer Hallmark. She’s given us some great ideas on how to show kindness during this crazy time in our world. Enjoy!
And if you missed it, I shared a guest post on her blog in mid-April. You can read it here.
Our world can be a difficult place to live. Terrorism, racism, weather-related catastrophes, and even everyday irritants can stretch us to the point of breaking. And now a pandemic? After I titled this article, I had to pause for a moment.
A pandemic? It still doesn’t seem real.
But it is.
A small act of kindness isn’t much in light of today’s headlines, but we can make our community a better place, one compassionate display at a time.
Here are twelve ways to help us all get started in improving someone’s day…
1. Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru line at a fast food restaurant. Or give a generous tip to the food delivery person.
2. Send cards of encouragement by regular mail.
3. Volunteer or donate virtually. Here’s some ideas. https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-help-restaurants-hospitals-and-people-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/
4. If you live outside of the city, pick up trash alongside the road in your neighborhood. The walk will do you good and you’ll improve the look of your community.
5. Send e-cards. Here’s a site that is fairly reasonable. https://www.jacquielawson.com/membership.asp
6. Take a single mom and her children to lunch by having food delivered or sending a gift card by email.
7. Read to children online through Facebook Live or another media source. And share encouragement online. Be a shining light on social media instead of sharing bad news.
8. Give blood at the local blood bank. Call for an appointment.
9. Send food gift cards to the staff at the Intensive Care Unit of your local hospital.
10. If possible, offer baby-sitting services for people in health services.
11. Send a gift card anonymously to someone you work with.
12. During your online shopping time, think of others who may have a need. Leave positive reviews at the shopping websites.
And if you search online, you find a plethora of other ideas. I’m glad that I don’t have to be idle during these times but can encourage others.
How about you? Join the conversation and share below acts of kindness you’ve seen.
Jennifer Hallmark writes Southern fiction and her website, Alabama-Inspired Fiction, and the group blog, Inspired Prompt, she co-founded, focus on her books, love of the South, and helping writers. Her debut novel, Jessie’s Hope, is a Selah Award finalist for First Novel. When she isn’t babysitting, gardening, or exploring the beautiful state of Alabama, you can find her at her desk writing fiction or working on one of her two blogs.
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Check out Jennifer’s book cover and back cover blurb then purchase your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QV41QT1
Can a sliver of hope lead to everlasting love?
Years ago, an accident robbed Jessie Smith’s mobility. It also stole her mother and alienated her from her father. When Jessie’s high school sweetheart Matt Jansen proposes, her parents’ absence intensifies her worry that she cannot hold on to those she loves.
With a wedding fast approaching, Jessie’s grandfather Homer has a goal to find the perfect dress for “his Jessie,” one that would allow her to forget, even if for a moment, the boundaries of her wheelchair. But financial setbacks and unexpected sabotage hinder his plans.
Determined to heal from her past, Jessie initiates a search for her father. Can a sliver of hope lead to everlasting love when additional obstacles—including a spurned woman and unpredictable weather—highjack Jessie’s dream wedding?