May 14, 2020
Ever since the COVID-19 crisis hit, residents of the Lavale Apartments in Monroeville Pennsylvania have woken up each Sunday morning to a “surprise” sitting at their front door.
The culprit of these “Sunday Surprises” is fourth-floor resident, Pam Berry. Knowing that her fellow neighbors were likely feeling stressed, she wanted to find an easy way to spread a little bit of kindness.
The first Sunday surprise was a bag with a roll of toilet paper, the second was a bag with a box of facial tissue, the third was a bag with bottles of water and so on.
While these small gifts aren’t elaborate or traditionally “fun,” they are essential items that many of us have taken for granted before stores began running out. We believe that this truly highlights how during this time, it’s the thought that counts.
One of Pam’s grateful neighbors even went as far to say,
“I have only lived here a little over a year and she has helped to make me feel welcome. Pam's random acts of kindness assures me that even during uncertain times, acts of kindness help the light at the end of the tunnel shine brighter each day.”
If you’re searching for an easy and low-cost way to support your residents and lift their spirits, implementing your own version of “Sunday Surprises” is a great way to do so.
There are so many different things you can do with a campaign like this! Additionally, this is an approach that you can easily continue after the pandemic ends — as a way to keep connecting with your residents.
For a little inspiration, here is a list of both fun and functional ideas for items to include in your “Sunday Surprises:”
- Face masks
- Hand sanitizer
- Funny socks
- Toilet paper
- A “Thinking of You” Note
- Popcorn or other movie night snacks
- Stickers or crayons for residents with kids
- Deck of cards
- Coupon for a local restaurant
- Tea bags
- Lip balm
The best thing about this type of #CommunityKindness campaign is that the ideas for items you can gift to your residents are endless!
If your budget is tight, another similar option is to organize a “Surprise Santa” between your residents who opt-in to participate. This is a great opportunity to get your residents to physically engage in connecting with each other in a safe way.
Related: Looking for more inspiration? Here are 8 ways to help your residents during COVID-19
As this Community Kindness story proves, a little bit of effort can go a long way!
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