COVID-19 coronavirus is changing history and has thrown 2020 into a tailspin. As America tries to reduce the impact, “Social Distancing” seems to be our first line of defense for the foreseeable future.
As we watch for updates from the CDC, local governments and businesses, all of us are having to shift strategies in the ways we connect with one another. During this time, we may need to reduce gathering together in person; however, we encourage you to stay connected and find new ways to be a light with your family, friends, work colleagues, neighborhood and community.
During these times of uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to rally together – whether that’s near, not-so-near or from afar. Bringing communities together during times of need is at the heart of Food Tidings. We are meant to do life “together”. However, for the time being, “togetherness” looks a little different. We are here to help!
Here are some ideas of how you can stay connected and continue to share some hope, comfort & joy:
Stay Connected to Your Church & Local Organizations:
Look for regular updates on websites and social media channels.
Worship weekly through LIVE broadcasts.
Keep connected through their online channels for family activities.
Stay Connected to Your Neighborhood or Small Group
Make a Personal Call to group members.
Use GroupMe App for quick group text messaging.
Set up a private Facebook Group to stay connected.
Schedule a time to watch Church or an online event on your private Facebook Group together.
Coordinate a video group chat using online tools like Zoom or Google Hangouts.
Watch an online Bible Study or another kind of study or documentary and discuss it online.
Choose a Bible reading plan on YouVersion that you can read together.
Stay Connected to Local Needs
Look for ways to serve your neighbors through Facebook Community Pages or through apps like Next Door.
Organize to Spread “Comfort & Joy”:
We love the ‘movers & shakers’ in our communities. Stay creative in your ways to connect and continue to send “Tidings of Comfort & Joy”. A FoodTidings.com Schedule can help with way more than food; we are about “Tidings” of all sorts. A Schedule can be used to organize and coordinate all shapes and sizes of help, support and encouragement. During times of isolation, it’s especially good for the soul; theirs and YOURS. Here are just a few ideas:
Tidings of Connection:
Organize daily phone calls; this could make someone’s whole day, during periods of loneliness
Organize daily texts or emails to be sent to a Recipient
Let participants sign up to write and mail weekly letters or cards; everyone loves fun mail and this is a great activity for kids
Create a “Prayer Tidings Schedule”, allowing people to sign up for a day that they will commit to praying for a Recipient
Tidings of Assistance:
Organize to pick up groceries, once a week
Organize to run errands
Tidings for the Elderly & At-Risk People:
Organize daily check-ins to encourage movement and/or exercises for strength; as recommended for their physical condition
Organize regular meal drop-offs; make a freezer meal or simply an extra portion to share, a little goes a long way
Organize phone calls and let people ask them about:
a good time in their life; focusing on fond memories can do wonders
advice for a season in life; wisdom from an older mentor can be golden
Tidings for Families:
Sign up to share homeschooling secrets and suggestions; send via email, share on Pinterest or post in online group
Create “Amazing Race” events, sign up for who will send out the weekly challenges
Schedule 20 min. “virtual” workouts on Google Hangouts; let the kids take turns leading “exercises” to get some energy out (eg. Just Dance-style, Simon Says, PE routines, etc)
Tidings of Community:
Create a FaceBook Group for your local neighborhood or community to share needs and/or surplus items; create sign ups for who will write an update
Create a FoodTidings Schedule that organizes take-out from local restaurants
Create a FoodTidings Schedule to raise money to support local restaurants so they can deliver meals to local medical teams, hospitals, fire fighters or law enforcement; and keep their local employees working
Tidings of Meal Delivery:
Food Tidings can help you easily support others, including pooling funds together, to send a variety of meal delivery options to a family in need:
Nationwide Shipping for Chef-prepared, preservative free meals
Local Restaurant Delivery(in markets where available)
Gift Cards for Restaurants via e-delivery
We encourage you stay calm, be smart, do what you can to ‘flatten the curve’ of COVID-19 coronavirus in the USA and support your local community.
Let’s not focus on fear; but, be positive, enjoy the new “opportunity” of togetherness and spread hope.