As COVID-19 first began to spread in the United States in the spring of 2020, many people found themselves in need of supplies, such as dry food goods and paper products. These items were in short supply as people began to stock up in preparation for the lockdown. With the thought of not being able to leave the house or go to most stores, they wanted to ensure that they had everything they needed to stay at home. This frantic rush left many people, especially senior citizens, in need of basic supplies, such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and food staples.
- Think back to the early months of the pandemic when certain supplies were in high demand. Imagine your family goes to the store to stock up on extra toilet paper. You have some at home, but you want to be prepared. As you reach for the last package on the shelf, you see an elderly couple walk down the aisle, only to discover there are no more packages. What do you do? (Answers may vary.)
People began noticing that senior citizens weren’t able to get as many supplies, and they decided to do something about it!
Play the following video for your students [2:15]:
Senior Neighbors sends supplies, comfort during stay-at-home order.
- When is it easy to share with others? (Allow students time to explore this; they might say when you have a lot or know you will get more, when you care about the person you are sharing with, if that person will share something they have with you as a trade, etc.)
- When is it hard to share with others? (Students may be able to look at opposites of their answers in the previous question; examples might include: when you don’t like the person you have to share with; when it means giving up something that you want for yourself, etc.)
- Tell about a time when you’ve been asked to share something and that request didn’t seem fair to you. (Be prepared to share your own experience.)
In today’s lesson, some men were asked to share what they thought they deserved with others who didn’t deserve it. Let’s see what happened.