Pennsylvania – With temperatures dropping into the dangerously cold “below zero” range, please take a moment to check on your neighbors.
Your sick or elderly neighbors are the most vulnerable, especially in this extreme cold.
Take a few minutes to knock on the door, leave a note, or give them a call if you know their phone number.
Meals on Wheels is also cancelled for Wednesday and Thursday in Clearfield County. Seniors are urged to use their shelf-stable Blizzard Boxes instead… or a friendly neighbor could drop off a warm meal.
Things you can check:
- How are you doing in this cold weather?
- Are your water lines frozen?
- Is your heat working?
- Does your dog need walked?
- Do you need any food picked up from the grocery store while I’m shopping?
As people get older or have a physical disability, the four walls of their home can become like a prison. When you visit, you might be the only person they have spoken to for days.
Feel awkward about visiting? Here are some reasons to drop by:
- “I already have the snowblower out. Would you like me to clear your driveway?”
- “We made too much soup! Can I bring you a container of it?”
- “Our water lines froze earlier today, and I just wanted to check if yours were also having trouble.”
- “I’m headed out to the store. The roads aren’t great, so why don’t I pick up some groceries for you while I’m there? Do you need any milk or bread?”
This isn’t about being a nosy neighbor. In extreme conditions, your kindness could save someone’s life. If things are okay, your kindness would still certainly brighten somebody’s day.