Life is busy. Often it seems like we’re always on the go. For me, it’s rare that I slow down enough to really take stock of people and places around me. Ever since moving to a new neighborhood two years ago, life has seemed to just roll right along. The kids have gotten involved in everything. I’ve taken advantage of being closer to their school. It’s fair to say we’ve built our lives in our new community. But sometimes I find that I’m so busy outside of my neighborhood that I miss the joys of the place where I actually live. Recently, I’ve been getting to know my neighbor on a much deeper level and through this experience, I’ve learned so much about not only the amazing neighbors I have, but the type of neighbor I want to be. Through that experience, I decided to stop thinking that I’ll always have other opportunities to get to know the people who live around me and instead have decided to seize the day and get to know my neighbors better by sharing a cup of Folgers coffee, having a conversation, and putting together a fun Neighbor Appreciation Gift Basket!
Now, I have to say, I’m the type of neighbor who loves to “do.” Over the time we’ve lived in our home, I’ve made extra dinners and baked cookies but the truth is, I always send the hubs or one of the kids over to deliver them. I’ll make the excuse that I need to clean up or that there are chores around the house to do, but the truth of the matter is, I just haven’t made time in the way that I should. Recently, knowing that my neighbor is expecting her third little boy, I’ve been working to remedy this situation and get to know her on a deeper level. Instead of simply sending over baked items with the kids, I recently decided to invite her over to share a cup of Folgers Classic Roast with me while the kids played in the yard.
You see, a great cup of Folgers coffee is my early afternoon treat and I thought sharing it with her while we learned more about each other would be a perfect way to connect.
While I expected the customary chit-chat that neighbors always exchange, the more I talked to her and learned about all that she does in the community, the more impressed I was. On top of her job as mom (which we can all agree is a pretty great job), she also works for our local Eblen Charities. I’ve known this was her job but I’ve never realized what a difference her and the organization she works for make in our community! Through her time and her efforts, she was recently involved in the Tools 4 School campaign which helped collect donations for HUNDREDS of children in our community who are in need of school supplies! That’s right…she’s involved in the organization, collection and distribution thorough her work. And let me tell you , I never realized what a big job that was and what a need it filled in our community! While she sees drives like this as part of her job, listening to her talk I could see that she’s giving more than just her time through her work…she’s giving a piece of her heart.
While the Tools 4 School drive was impressive, I continued to listen and learn about coat drives, blanket drives, Thanksgiving food drives, the St. Nicholas project and more that she’s a part of. I discovered that all year long, she’s on the front line helping to meet the needs of less fortunate families in our community. While I had thought she just went to an office every day, in reality she’s making an immeasurable difference! In her voice, I could hear that being involved with these events is about so much more than a career for her. It’s about being able to give back to our community in a way that really makes a difference to those who are most in need. I have to say, I was kind of convicted as I listened to all that she does just in her job….not to mention the fact that she comes home and makes sure everything always runs smoothly for her family. It showed me that sometimes, we overlook people who are making huge differences in the world that may be living right next door! Inspired by all she does and knowing that she rarely takes any time to stop and do anything for herself, I decided to take it upon myself to give back to her in a small but meaningful way. After seeing how much we had both been able to just relax over a cup of coffee, I decided to put together a neighbor appreciation gift basket with a few little thing that would allow her to feel as special as she makes those around her feel. To start, I headed to Walmart and stocked up on my coffee of choice, Folgers Classic Roast.
Then I put together an easy neighbor appreciation gift basket that has everything she needs in it to create a rewarding moment when she needs it most…whether that’s before she takes the kids to school or at the end of a long day organizing a charitable drive. To start, I found a cute gift basket and lined it. Then I placed my 48 ounce container of Folgers Classic Roast Coffee inside.
Next to my perfect Folgers coffee from Walmart, I added a cute coffee cup.
While this in itself is really all that’s needed to connect and relax, just as my neighbor goes above and beyond, I wanted to do the same. So, I quickly added in some extras that are the perfect way to turn a delicious cup of coffee into a true moment for herself! To start, I placed some lip gloss and a finger nail file in the basket.
Then I finished it off with some wonderful smelling hand cream and a portable speaker so that she has everything she needs in one beautiful basket to turn a free thirty minutes into the perfect time for herself.
Once my neighbor appreciation gift basket was complete, I felt great about taking the time to not only put it together, but also for taking the time to get to know my neighbor and discover all that she does. Just knowing who she is, as a person, inspired me to take the time to get to know more of the people around me. I’ve now discovered that some of the most extraordinary people are those that I walk right past each and every day.
Now it’s your turn to get to know someone new in your community. Whether it’s a neighbor, a community do-gooder or simply someone you’ve been longing to connect with, reach out today! Get to know more of the people around you over a delicious cup of Folgers coffee and then take the time to learn about what makes them so special! You never know, you might just discover that someone you thought you knew all about is really an everyday hero!
Pick up your Folgers coffee today at Walmart in the coffee aisle. Learn more about Folgers Classic Roast, Columbian, Black Silk, Half Caff and Gourmet Supreme and discover why it’s the perfect coffee to make connections over!
Now tell me, who is someone in your community that you’d like to get to know over a cup of Folgers coffee?