A COVID Spring
By: Alex Weiss, CFP®
Typically, spring is associated with a big spring cleaning to-do list, – tidying up, and ridding ourselves of winter gone by. The first few things that come to mind are storing away the big winter coats, switching from snow boots to rain boots, and cleaning up our yards, garages and homes. However this spring hardly feels like it usually does. During this time of social distancing due to COVID-19, it has made me think differently about what really should be on our spring to-do lists: helping others.
There are a lot of people in our lives whom we have relied on over the years that have constantly helped and supported us that are having issues right now. It could be your hairstylist, house cleaner, dog walker, delivery person, your favorite restaurant and their great bartender and wait staff. The list goes on. Just about everyone reading this newsletter is in a fortunate financial situation and I would suggest reaching out to these people and still paying your normal rate or helping however you can - even if you will not see them for a while.
Furthermore, think of family members and friends looking for social interactions. Currently, my family is working on a virtual Easter Egg hunt. We have Facetime gatherings with family and friends-- utilizing a few outside technologies to assist. Ashley has used an app called House Party that you can use on multiple devices and operating systems. You can use this system to help play games virtually, or just log into at any time to see if someone is available to connect (not having to actually call them). Please keep in mind, there are a lot of lonely people out there right now that could use your help. Nursing homes, in particular, are looking for volunteers to call and chat with their residents who can no longer have visitors.
While it is a different type of spring, it is still spring. Please spread the word on how to help your neighbors – every little bit can make a difference.
Until next time…