Provide A Helping Hand In Your Neighborhood

By Carolyn Flynn

helping others

There are many ways that you can make a difference in your neighborhood. This weekend provide a helping hand to those in your community. Some simple ways you can help your neighbors include carrying in groceries, taking out the trash, shoveling snow, sweeping the walkways, picking up litter, and mowing the lawn.

Identify specific individuals and families in your neighborhood that could use some extra assistance or attention. Offer to tend your neighbor’s children so they can go out for the evening, invite the elderly or single adults to join your family for dinner, participate in a sub-for-Santa, or leave anonymous gifts on your neighbor’s doorsteps.

Donate or volunteer at your local food banks or soup kitchens. Help wrap and deliver gifts for needy children and military families. Improving your community doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money – it just takes action.

So take action today and provide a helping hand in your neighborhood.

– Carolyn Flynn

Flickr photo by Saucy Salad/Rebecca Wilson

Share how you have helped your neighbors or your neighbors have helped you in the comments below.


Carolyn Flynn is a Relationship Expert and author of Heal Your Grief, SMART Talk, and Holiday Peace And Joy.

Do Something Kind For An Elderly Person

By Carolyn Flynn

adopt a grandparent

Every elderly person is someone’s Grandma or Grandpa. But the elderly don’t always live close to their family, and sadly some elderly are abandoned by their family. This weekend adopt an elderly neighbor as your neighborhood “grandma” or “grandpa” or just do something nice for an elderly person in your community. A friendly smile and hello, helping with groceries, mowing the grass, or taking the time for some pleasant conversation are all simple ways that you can make a difference in the life of an elderly person. Doing something kind for an elderly person is a great way to teach your children how to be kind to others.

As I’m preparing for the pending passing of my own grandpa I challenge each of you to spend a little extra time connecting with your grandparents and the elderly in your community.

– Carolyn Flynn

Photo courtesy of James and Jessica Tate


Carolyn Flynn is a Relationship Expert and author of Heal Your Grief, SMART Talk, and Holiday Peace And Joy.