Kick off the giving season by celebrating
World Kindness Day on November 13—but don’t stop there! Kindness goes a long
way, especially for those working long days and nights in the healthcare
setting, regardless of the season. From spreading acts of kindness by
showing your appreciation for a hardworking nurse to volunteering for the
Frederick Health Auxiliary or simply holding open the door for someone else, there are endless opportunities
to promote good health in your community.
Whether you’re looking to devote a few hours a week to help
Frederick Health directly or you want to bring cheer to others in your daily interactions,
here are some tips for celebrating World Kindness Day on Nov. 13 and beyond.
Volunteer for Frederick Health Auxiliary
Each month, hundreds of caring people devote their time to Frederick Health
by volunteering. This may include assisting patients arriving at and departing
the hospital, greeting and directing visitors, working at the
Gift Shop or
Select Seconds Thrift Shop, delivering flowers or reading material, and much more.
We’re looking for volunteers of all ages, including high school or
college students, stay-at-home parents, newly retired seniors, and anyone
Not only does volunteering for Frederick Health help a good cause and brighten
our patients’ and staff’s lives, but research also shows that
volunteering can improve your health and wellbeing, too. Those who choose to volunteer can become more active and have reduced
stress, have empathy for others, socialize more and meet new people, and
become better connected to their community.
To volunteer at Frederick Health, call 240-566-3567 or email
email@example.com; a staff member will discuss your skills and interests and match them
with the closest need.
Take a Second to Help Others
Did you know that spreading kindness and goodwill can start with a small
gesture at your next doctor’s appointment?
It may not seem like a notable action, but holding the door for someone
else is a simple gesture of kindness that can go a long way. Of course,
you don’t need to act as a doorman every time you go to the doctor’s
office. Still, holding the door open for an elderly patient, someone with
limited mobility, a cancer patient arriving for chemotherapy treatment,
a mother with a stroller—or anyone else, for that matter—is
a small action that can be met with genuine gratitude.
Give Back to Your Community
This holiday season, consider spreading kindness with a donation to one
or more of the Frederick Heath funds, all of which help Frederick Health
continue the tradition of philanthropy it was founded upon.
Cancer Patient Assistance Fund is just
one of the many funds created to assist local cancer patients in need. A cancer diagnosis is
devastating, but it is even more devastating when patients struggle to
afford medical care and treatment. This fund has no hidden overhead costs,
so each dollar donated by caring individuals goes directly to patients in need.
Frederick Health Development Council’s website to learn more about donation options and to begin your giving journey.
If a monetary donation isn’t in the books for you this year, consider
helping Frederick Health in another way: visit the
Select Seconds Thrift Shop.
The thrift shop on E. Patrick Street partners with Frederick Health, so
every clothing donation or purchase directly benefits the health system.
In addition to accepting clothing for all ages and genders, the thrift
shop also accepts jewelry, antiques, linens, toys and games, and small
furniture items. Donations should be clean and in good condition.
Give a Gift to a Patient
Sometimes even a tiny gesture can help make a not-so-ideal situation a
little better. Not only is the
Frederick Health Gift Shop a great place to buy a snack or drink while you’re visiting a loved
one at the hospital, but it’s also the perfect place to pick up
something to brighten their stay, too. From fun and lighthearted gifts
to bestselling novels and magazines, our devoted staff stock the shop
with a wide variety of items for everyone.
Express Appreciation to Hardworking Healthcare Professionals
Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals work long hours year-round
to care for their patients. While others are celebrating the holidays
with their families, Frederick Health employees are still performing surgeries,
monitoring patients, prescribing medicine, and providing the best care
possible at any time, night or day.
Whether it’s a spoken acknowledgment of gratitude, a thoughtful hand-written
holiday card, a warm hug, or even flowers or a small gift, these tokens
of kindness can go a long way in making your favorite nurse, doctor, physical
therapist, or receptionist feel appreciated for their efforts.
How do you plan to celebrate World Kindness Day? Share your ideas on our
social media channels (links below!)