SPREAD­ING SUN­SHINE

A spe­cial shout-out for ef­forts that lift the spir­its of front-line work­ers, the old and the young.

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DOLCE BAK­ERY

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

CHILDSERVE

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

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