Kindness of care packages
We have opportunities every day to share a little kindness. Some approaches take a big budget, others just a few minutes of your time – or a willingness to smile at someone walking by.
As part of my series on Kindness and my own quest for everyday kindness and generosity, here’s another serving of international kindness ideas:
Give flowers – or photos. Send them to a friend or have them delivered to a senior housing complex. Most cut flowers are imported from Colombia or Ecuador, or less commonly from Mexico. Choose a big elegant bouquet or pick up a few daisies at a supermarket and leave them anonymously for someone in a rough patch. Or if you are on a budget, share your photos on MorgueFile, a site for and by creatives. It’s a marvelous free resource – and one I use all the time. Your photos could end up in blog, art projects and other creative pieces.
Give encouragement. We all need light, encouragement – and love. This is especially true in our darker days. So take an unemployed friend out to coffee or lunch and introduce her to someone who is hiring. Invite your newly divorced co-worker to the movies or a school play. Go to funerals or write cards of condolence. Encourage and praise the young nervous intern. Support someone’s Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign or share their article, post or request on social media.
Send a care package. Maybe you’d like one to go to a soldier who’s serving your country. Perhaps you’d like to send clean water and emergency supplies by giving to Aquabox, which has shipped to Syria, Rwanda and Nepal. Or if you prefer a more Christian approach, there’s Samaritan’s Purse and Link to Hope. Create your own caring kits for homeless – socks, toothpaste, gloves, some extra plastic bags, dried fruit. This tradition seems well ingrained: My Mom’s parents used to send care packages to friends and relatives behind the Berlin Wall.