Spread a little Ubuntu this festive season
3 Dec 2020 LIFESTYLE
By: Lifestyle Reporter
“Ubuntu” is underrated in this day and age. With the bustle of our daily life, doing something kind for someone is the last thing on anyone’s mind. Regardless of how good you are or how much you want to make a positive difference, sometimes there just isn’t enough time. Why not make time this festive season to spread a little ubuntu?
If you were blessed enough to have a childhood full of love and warmth, you’re one of the lucky few. With approximately 49.2% of the population living in abject poverty, chances are many families are going to have a bleak festive season. Thanks COVID-19.
As tough as 2020 has been on everyone, we want to encourage spreading a little kindness. It comes back to taking ownership and sharing the social responsibility. Taking accountability doesn’t have to be a big initiative. Start small by teaching your children how to be grateful for what they have and that sharing can go a long way.
So where do we start?
Something as simple as spending time in the kitchen with your children bringing a biscuit recipe to life and making an extra batch for the mom and child begging at the intersection in your neighbourhood. Or take the yummy treats to an orphanage or home for senior citizens.
Tip: When giving as a family over the festive season, teach children how people receive your kindness is not the important part. What’s important is giving with an open heart and having no expectation for reciprocation or gratitude.
More often than not, we’re so focused on donating that we overlook volunteering and our time. While simply handing over money or food is important, spending time at a children’s home or feeding kitchen is priceless. And you leave with that experience changing your heart for life.
Tip: Find a soup kitchen in your area and find out what they need. When delivering those ingredients, also offer to help.
A holiday meal
Big gestures are great but we know it’s not always possible. But one home-cooked meal for a family in your neighbourhood can go a long way this holiday season. While we’re all getting ready for a big meal with our families, prepare a little extra for just one family.
Tip: Stay safe. The best way to do this is to always stay in a visible area. Try driving to areas that regularly serve meals to the homeless like churches and soup kitchens. Remember the COVID-19 protocols need to be observed with food and distribution:
- Emphasize effective hand hygiene including washing hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Always wash hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and avoid working with unwrapped or exposed foods.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Use gloves to avoid direct bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods.
- Before preparing or eating food, always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands after.
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