A special shout-out for efforts that lift the spirits of front-line workers, the old and the young.
The Kansas City favorite delivers Care Packages for the Front Line to local doctors, nurses, first responders, hospital support staff and grocery-store employees. Bundles include baked goods, handwritten notes and, occasionally, prized coffee beans from Broadway Roasting Company. Go online to donate a package for $25 (or more). dolcebakes.com
LUCY’S FLOWERS AND GIFTS
This small florist in Burbank, Illinois, makes it easy to brighten the day of older residents battling isolation and depression—some haven’t seen loved ones in months. For $25, you can donate flowers that will be sent to a local senior community, hospice or elderly resident. Donations help keep the shop open too. lucys-flowers.com
Playdates on Zoom, virtual scavenger hunts, and telehealth therapy appointments are a few ways this Iowa nonprofit has been helping children with special health-care needs from a safe distance—and providing much-needed respite and support for parents now spending more time at home with their kids. childserve.org