Two of my best friends have been going through a tough time for a while now – one is dealing with an infection that won’t go away (but she’s still able to get out and live her life), and the other has been the sole breadwinner for her family since her husband was laid off over a year ago.
Here are some things I’ve done to help them during the last year or so:
1. Give essentials. I get a lot of stuff for free or cheap through coupons, and everyone can use toothpaste, shampoo and pasta. My friends appreciate these things and knowing that I acquired them for little money makes it easier for them to accept.
2. Send cards. I suppose I could send e-cards, but there’s something more meaningful about a snail mail card that’s tangible. If my friend seems to be having a particularly tough time, I’ll drop a card in the mail that says she’s in my thoughts and prayers and that I hope things get better soon.
3. Be a good listener. I talk to my friends regularly and hope that they think I’m a good listener – a safe place to vent, rant, cry, or just work things out by getting a fresh perspective and ideas.
Lately, I’ve been wondering what else I can do to help my friends who are in need. I’ve offered to bring over dinner but that usually doesn’t work out.