Sometimes we forget that a great resource for help is right at hand: our neighbors. Not everyone wants to get to know their neighbors, but some do! Here are some ways to be a good neighbor this holiday season:
- Accept packages for neighbors who might have ordered things delivered but won’t be home when they arrive. If you’re a retiree or stay-at-home parent who is around most of the day, you can help thwart porch pirates and get on your neighbors’ good side by letting them have packages delivered to your house.
- Do you have a snow blower? Masybe you can also do your neighbor’s sidewalks — especially if they are older or physically impaired in some way.
- If you and a neighbor both have school-age children, take turns watching each other’s kids so the other parents can go Christmas shopping.
- If your neighbor has an elderly or impaired relative living with them, offer to stay with that person while they go shopping or maybe to a holiday party. everybody needs a break from caretaking once in a while.
- Bake a lot of holiday cookies? Maybe your neighbors didn’t have time. Share a batch with someone you now lives alone or has a big family. Either one will appreciate the gesture. Bet you can think of lots more ways to be neighborly — and most of them don’t cost anything but time!