Canadians Start Caremongering Movement To Spread Kindness

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Canadians Start Caremongering Movement To Spread Kindness

The famously friendly country is living up to its reputation.

Canadians just being Canadian. In response to the outbreak, Canadians all across the country are participating in acts of kindness to aid those most vulnerable to the virus. [Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock]

The bittersweet truth of dark times is they often bring communities together. In times of war, natural disasters, and catastrophes, humans come together, feeling a stronger bond to their community. Communal hardship engenders fellowship: neighbors help neighbors when and where possible.

While the circumstances of the infectious nature of the COVID-19 make the togetherness difficult, Canadians have found a way to spread kindness and compassion through the virtual Caremongering groups.

The movement of Caremongering was founded by Toronto natives, Mita Hans and Valentina Harper.

“Scaremongering is a big problem,” said Harper. “We wanted to switch that around and get people to connect on a positive level, to connect to each other.”

Harper first imagined that they thought they’d have “a couple dozen people.” Now, however, there are more than 35 Caremongering groups in Canada, including in Annapolis County in Nova Scotia, Halifax, and Ottawa with over 40,000 members and growing.

In Toronto’s Facebook group alone there are nearly 15,000 members.

As described on Toronto’s Caremongering Facebook page: “The goal of this group is to organize the local community on the grassroots level to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities.”

The description adds, “It is also for the redistribution of resources in the case that stockpiling prevents people from accessing basics.”

The posts on the page are categorized in five groups, including: inquiries searching for specific support or resources; offers to get supplies; information about shops and stores; news articles; and specific resources.

Some acts of kindness involved a group of cooks making food for the disabled, providing food for a single mother, and many more.

“Anxiety, isolation, and lack of hope affects you. In providing this virtual community which allows people to help each other, I think it is really showing people there is still hope for humanity. We haven’t lost our hope,” Valentina said.

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