Here's a free printable door hanger that lets neighbors know you're available to help
Annie Reneau

We know right now is a dangerous time for our elderly and immunocompromised neighbors to be exposed to their fellow human beings. And we know that those of us who are healthy need to keep our social distance from one another in order to keep everyone safe.

But what happens when our neighbors who really shouldn't go out in public at all need something? Those of us who are healthy can offer to make grocery trips or pharmacy runs for those who are elderly or medically fragile. Here's a socially distant way to offer that help.



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These free door hanger printables are made to be personalized with your information and delivered around your neighborhood. Not everyone has loved ones nearby or people they can call on, so this lets people know that someone is nearby and available to pick up and drop off anything they might need.

There are two versions—one worded for couples or families and one for individuals.

Click here or the image below for the printable PDF for families and couples.

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Click here or the image below for the printable PDF for individuals.


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Simply print, cut along the lines, fill in your information, and deliver to your neighbors' doors. (Wash your hands thoroughly first, of course. And don't greet neighbors face-to-face—now is a perfect time for a "ding-dong ditch.") There's no way to know who needs them—even young, seemingly healthy people can have invisible conditions that compromise their immune system—so we left them at every house within a certain radius of our house.

Naturally, some may wonder about how money will change hands, but that should be worked out on a case-by-case basis. Venmo, PayPal and other online payment options are great, but some elderly people may only have cash or checks.

Even if no one ends up contacting you, reaching out during a crisis can create a greater sense of community for everyone. After all, we're truly all in this together.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.