What does generosity look like during times of challenge? Here are ten ideas through which we can all practice generosity during the impacts of COVID-19.

You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. 2 Corinthians 9.11-12

Practice gratitude

While we navigate around the challenges COVID-19 brings, it is important to maintain a heart of gratitude. Be thankful for the small things, and share it with others. For a small idea, see our Connected Thankfulness video here.

Stay connected

Many people feel isolated and lonely during our period of lockdown, especially while we are unable to see our loved ones. Stay connected with people, perhaps havea practice of phoning someone different every day. FaceTime and Zoom are a good way of face-to-face conversations, or consider writing a letter which is always personal.

Shop local

It is always a good thing to support local trade where possible. Lockdown restrictions mean that many small businesses are struggling – consider giving them your support. Many restaurants are offering delivery for you to enjoy a ‘meal out’ in the comfort of your own home, and local garden centres are also taking orders.

Give blood

Giving blood saves lives – it is a really positive thing to be able to do for others. The NHS is continuing to encourage people to donate safely, and blood donation is considered essential travel. Click here for more information.

Volunteer

Find places and organisations through which you can volunteer safely. Information on this can be found on the .Gov website by clicking here.

Help local food banks

You can donate food, support financially, volunteer, or support the Trussell Trust online to raise awareness of what needs to happen now. You might want to call first to ask what they need. For more information on how you can help, and to find your local food bank, click here.

Shop for someone

Many vulnerable people are unable to go out for essential supplies – perhaps offer to shop for someone who isn’t able to themselves.

Be creative

Practice radical generosity, and think outside the box. Order flowers to be delivered to essential services and key workers, or find ways to bring your community together in socially distanced ways. Share your creativity so others are inspired to do the same.

Review giving practices

Many churches and charities are struggling with the impacts of COVID-19 and lockdown. Examine your spending and giving practices, prayerfully considering financial generosity and being radical with the resources God has entrusted you with.

Share what you have

Some of us may have a numbers of items in our cupboards which are in short supply, such as soap, surface cleaner or toilet paper. Consider donating them to a neighbour who might be in need, a nursing home or a local shelter.