The end of the year is just around the corner and new year’s resolutions are surely being made. There is no denying this has been a difficult year across the globe, but more so for some than others. For those in more fortunate place at the moment that are looking to find safe, socially distant ways to help those in need, here are some creative ways to give back and support your local community.
Make Knit Clothing, Accessories and Blankets for Local Shelters
A wonderful way to give something from the heart to those that need it the most. Knitting is a therapeutic way to make something for others while helping to encourage calmness and relaxation for yourself. There are tons of different knitting and crocheting ideas to choose from, like a cozy Bernat blanket yarn pattern or warm clothing like:
- Knit sweaters or pullovers
- Knit vests
- Knit ponchos or ponchos with sleeves
- Knit shrugs or tunics
- Knit socks
For smaller and more simple projects that will still make a big difference for someone on a cold day, there are plenty of warm knit accessories to make like:
- Knit hats, headwraps or beanies
- Knit scarfs, infinity scarfs or cowls
- Knit gloves or mittens
- Knit booties
Knitting warm items to donate to a local shelter is the perfect way to put your creativity to good use.
Bake Treats for Neighborhood Centers
Since social distancing is necessary for playing our part to help society get through this trying time, make sure to call ahead and see if your local centers are accepting food drop offs.
Baking treats is one of the kindest and tastiest ways to bring a smile to someone’s face. There is no need to be a chef in the kitchen to make something simple and delicious, like:
- Sugar cookies or chocolate chip cookies
- Fruit or chocolate chip muffins
- Banana bread
- Sheet cake with icing
Make sure to use disposable or reusable containers you won’t need returned when dropping off your freshly baked treats. One thing is certain, baking treats is a wonderful way to make an anonymous difference in someone’s day by letting them know people are out there that care.
Offer Your Time
There are many ways to give back to those in need but giving your time is one of the most thoughtful ways to be there for someone else. With social distancing in consideration, try calling local shelters or centers to see if volunteers are needed.
Perhaps there is a way to get creative and offer to do virtual visits with someone in need, such as:
- Virtual story reading for children at neighborhood centers
- Virtual visits with the elderly
- Virtual study buddy for students of shelters
For anyone able to offer their time in a more physical way, check if there are opportunities to help with serving meals or to help with cleaning kitchens and other areas of local shelters and centers.
Any way you can offer to help is sure to make an unforgettable impactonthose who needs it most.