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By all accounts, 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for all of us.
As we turn another page on the calendar and look toward Christmas, many of us are starting to look forward to seeing friends and family (albeit in a socially-distanced, masked and hand-sanitized sort of way).
However, so many senior citizens in our community are facing Christmas with the knowledge that they may be alone this year. That breaks our hearts. Want to know how to help senior citizens during COVID Christmas season?
Send a handwritten note or a drawing from your children. Adding a personal touch to a note by writing it yourself sends a special message to your loved one.
Visit (when possible) and bring grand- or great-grandchildren along. Children have a way of making us smile. Bring a holiday book to read together, sing some special holiday songs or bring a family recipe treat that may be special to them. Can do this virtually as well.
Contact a local nursing home and ask how to help. Sometimes the easiest way to figure out how you can be useful is to simply ask.
Send a movie or make homemade videos with family and friends to share with them. You may include hot chocolate mix and/or popcorn as well.
Organize a night for “caroling” outside their home or nursing home. This can also be done virtually.
Schedule video calls with old friends and family members. This may bring back fond memories and put smiles on their faces.
Arrange a “porch drop party” and surprise them. Pick up a few little goodies that will make your loved one smile and surprise them with a “porch party” gift bag that they can enjoy at their leisure.
Let’s end this year by bringing joy and gladness into someone else’s life. Have an attitude of gratitude and be a blessing where you can.