Why do people always say “if you need help with anything, let me know?” True, it is a polite thing to say, and it does show you mean well. At the same time, this statement is putting the onus on the person you’re asking, to “figure out” how you might be able to help them. What you’re really doing, is offering to help…and creating work for the person you’re trying to help. They’re already burdened. So, take this as an opportunity to really show you care. Depending upon the circumstances, offer specific assistance such as; taking them a meal, suggesting to babysit, running errands or offering to do some chores. If you think ahead of time, you will find that there are many ways you can put action behind your words.
I’ve had the pleasure of taking a hot meal or baked item to a new neighbor in their first few hectic days of moving in. Showing up with a quiche or basket of cookies always gets a smile!
Little things like this can only make a positive and welcoming impression to someone new in the neighborhood. There are other life events that may occur within your neighborhood which are a perfect opportunity to show you care. Takingea meal if a neighbor is hospitalized, sick or there is a new baby in the house, or even a death, shows you care. To cover a longer time period, volunteers can be recruited to pitch in and help. Rather than coordinate meal drop-offs via telephone, email, or facebook, check it out, there’s a whole website dedicated to meal planning! http://www.takethemameal.com/