In my opinion, part of being prepared is helping others. Dave Ramsey said “Getting out of debt isn’t just about you. It’s about being able to see beyond yourself and give generously.” I AGREE! But I would also include “being prepared” with “getting out of debt.” We may not all face a huge disaster in our lifetimes, but we will all interact with those that need a helping hand and being prepared ourselves allows us to see beyond ourselves and assist others.
Winter is fast approaching and the elderly in your neighborhood may need a little extra attention during this season. They (understandably) may be hesitant to ask for help, but there are many reasons to be a bit more attentive to them these next few months. The elderly have more difficulty regulating their body temperatures and should stay inside as much as possible. Because of this, the “winter blues” also tend to hit the elderly a bit harder. Many elderly also worry about being stranded or stuck during the winter, but aren’t sure where to turn for help.
Today, I encourage you to take 10 minutes and talk to at least one elderly neighbor in your area. Let them know that you will be checking on them and willing to help them throughout the winter. Ask them if there is anything specific you can do. Make a plan for the winter. Make sure they have your contact info and you theirs. Easy Peasy!
Here are a few suggestions of things you could do over the next few months. Go over this list with them today and find out what they are most in need of!
- Call (or stop by) during particularly low temperatures to make sure they have running water and heat
- Pick up their mail for them
- Visit them once a week
- Shovel their walk
- Offer to pick up their groceries for them when you are doing your shopping
- Make a hot meal or two (or more) for them.
- Call or visit before a storm to make sure they have food, water, blankets (hot chocolate?) etc.
- Have your kids color pictures and / or make treats (check for dietary concerns first) for them occasionally
- Offer to pick up prescriptions for them.
Do you have any other ideas? Share them in the comments below!
Lack of Time
I’ve found that there are lots of reasons that keep people from becoming better prepared or more self reliant. But as a young mom one of the top reasons is time, or rather a lack of time.
But really, I don’t think us young moms are alone….
I think that many, if not most, in our fast paced society feel that time slips through their fingers regularly. And when feeling rushed and anxious, it can be difficult to invest time in becoming more prepared and self reliant.
10 Minute Preparedness Projects!
But very one of us can find 10 minutes, right? Every 10 days or so, I challenge myself to spend 10 minutes on preparedness and self-reliance and I invite you to join me! Simple, right?
You can see all the 10 minutes preparedness projects here: