Midwest Living


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


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

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