Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day
February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. It’s the perfect opportunity to use some of your free time to do something nice for someone who may be lonely and isolated during the pandemic. This could be patients at a local hospice, nursing home, or assisted living facility. You could also make a point of spreading a little joy to an isolated senior in your family or neighborhood.
The whole point of Random Acts of Kindness Day is to do something nice for others without spending a lot of money or time. Here are just a few ways you can support isolated seniors on this fun holiday.
1. Send encouraging notes.
Who doesn’t love to get a little note in the mail? Send seniors cards, letters, or postcards to let them know you are thinking about them. Tell them a little about yourself and encourage them to stay strong. If you have kids, get them involved in decorating the cards and letters with their own artwork.
2. Put together a care package.
Seniors in isolation are both lonely and bored. Put together a little care package for Random Acts of Kindness Day with things to brighten their day like activity books, snacks, hand sanitizer, and vitamins. Keep it fun and useful.
3. Put on a show.
Reduce boredom for an isolated senior by putting on a show. Think of it as all-season caroling. Sing songs that seniors love like standards from Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra. Remember to mask up and encourage your senior audience to stay indoors while you sing outside.
4. Deliver a breakfast surprise.
Pick up coffee and bagels or pastries and do a porch delivery. It’s a perfect way to get Random Acts of Kindness Day started on the right foot.
5. Drop off jigsaw puzzles.
Puzzles are a good way to break up boring days with a project. There are puzzles available online to match any interest from landscapes to animals to sailing. Pick one at random or find a few that match your isolated senior’s interests.
6. Make some meals to go.
Making dinner for yourself every night gets boring. Surprise a senior for Random Acts of Kindness Day with frozen meals that they can defrost and reheat when they don’t want to cook. Package the meals into individual servings to make reheating easier.
Want to extend the spirit of Random Acts of Kindness Day? Become a Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care volunteer. We have many ways to volunteer including home projects, office projects, and visiting patients. Call us at 1-888-564-3405 to learn more about hospice volunteering.
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