It’s always tough when something terrible happens in your community. These are the people you see every day. Their kids go to school with yours, and you always wave hello. Even if you aren’t close, your neighbors are part of your lives, and there’s no getting past it.
That’s why it can hit hard when someone on the street falls ill or experiences a tough time. Even in this age of locked doors and less community spirit, news like this travels. And, when it does, it’s not unusual for the community to rise up and attempt to help. After all, ‘help thy neighbor’ is an essential part of the bible. And, we always remember it at times like these.
But, if you don’t know your neighbors well, you may be at a loss about what you can do to help. And, that’s where we come in. We’re going to consider a few of the ways your community could step up when things get tough for one of their own. Read on to find out your options.
Spread the word
If you don’t know the people in question well, you may want to do your bit without encroaching. In that case, taking action here could be as simple as spreading their message on social media. This is a fantastic way to help without breaking the bank. By letting people know what’s happening (with the permission of those involved), you can encourage others to help them along. It may be that a Facebook post encourages donations. Or, it could bring everyone together to help tidy their garden or take some meals for their freezer. These may seem like small things, but you’d be amazed how much difference they can have when life’s given someone a bad hand.
If you’re in a position to take a more proactive role, you could always get involved with fundraising. Hosting an event like a yard sale, cake stall, or even a street party, could raise crucial money for the family in question. It could either pay for treatment or help to pay for the location and engraved bricks of a memorial to help them move forward from loss. Again, you need to run this past the family before you take steps. Many people feel embarrassed about accepting this type of charity. But, if you explain how much everyone wants to help, it’s unlikely they’ll turn against what you’re doing.
Perhaps the most important thing you can do is be there for your neighbors. Money and assistance aside, reassurance and comfort may be what they need most right now. And, isn’t that what being a neighbor’s all about? Of course, you don’t want to overwhelm them during this difficult time. But, pop around for a cup of tea every week or so, just to check how they’re doing. Let them know, too, that you’re around the corner if they need you. It may sound simple, but it’s sure to make all the difference.