An accident is unfortunate any time of year, but the holidays can add another layer of difficulty. It's a season of traveling to see family, gift giving, and parties...all of which are in jeopardy when an accident occurs.
Money can be tight around the holidays and sometimes the best thing you can do for a friend is to carry a tiny piece of their burden by doing something nice for them. A good deed can go a long way, especially in a time of uncertainty after an accident.
We've put together a list of ideas to get you started, but think creatively about what your friend or coworker needs.
1. Take Them a Meal
Whether it's a home-cooked meal or picked up from their favorite restaurant, a meal will be appreciated.
2. Offer to do a Home Repair
The accident victim might be sore or injured and may not able to make a necessary repair.
3. Send Them a Gift Card
Repairs can be expensive, and your friend may need some extra help financially to offset the cost of getting their car fixed.
4. Offer to Connect Them with a Trusted Source Such as a Repair Shop or Dealership
Perhaps make the phone call for them to help out.
5. Take Them Shopping
If they are without a car, they'll still need to go out and about to shop for family members.
6. Give Them a Movie and Popcorn
Make it a comedy, and have a good laugh to take their mind off of the accident!
7. Surprise Them with Their Favorite Game
...and stick around to play!
8. Give Them the Gift of Pampering
A gift card to get a massage could be the ticket to relaxation. Or if you are DIYer, pick up a mason jar and fill it with pampering items like nail polish, foot scrub, eye mask, or their favorite candy. Call it a "relax kit."
In these moments, it can be hard to find free time to get things done, and providing childcare can give them a free hour or two to knock out a to-do list.
10. Send Them a Card
In moments of difficulty, a card with encouragement can mean the world.
11. Do a Random Act of Kindness Together
Let your friend enjoy the moment of giving back without the stress of planning it.
Accidents can throw us into a whirlwind of to-do lists and changes to plans. Be a light to someone this holiday season by doing a good deed and letting them know you care! Sometimes just the offer will brighten their day.