"Pandemic Pals," Caremongers, and Good Ol' Friendliness are practical ways more neighbours are now helping neighbours. COVID-19 has led to many random acts of kindness. These are uncertain times and we are being urged to reduce our social interactions to “flatten the curve”. We have implemented "social distancing" guidelines and a voluntary "shelter in place".
Many CCEC member groups and businesses have been impacted as they have closed their galleries and restaurants, or postponed festivals and events. Local businesses are struggling as they operate on tight margins. Restaurants that offer take-out are open and may not be accepting cash - only debit and credit cards. With K-12 classes suspended indefinitely, school meal programs are being reviewed to ensure kids in need don’t suffer.
We have neighbours who are struggling financially, who live month to month on a fixed income, and cannot afford to stock their pantry. Let’s knock on their door (respecting social distancing) or phone them and ask how you can help.
We all know examples of how our community is reaching out and making connections to help those who are feeling even more isolated and lonely. It is inspiring to learn that some stores are dedicating times each day day for seniors or those who need assistance or consideration; accepting donations to distribute to those in need in their area; starting initiatives like Breaking Bread that lets you know how you can support your local, independent restaurants.
It's heartening to see so many more people and groups become ignited about neighbourly mutual aid!