Canada just started a caremongering trend and the stories are inspiring
Canada is proving once again that when times get tough, we stick together.
A recent "caremongering" trend has exploded on Facebook, with thousands of Canadians generously offering to help one another amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Almost 100 caremongering Facebook groups have been set up in six days, with more than 30,000 members between them.
And caremongering isn't just a social media trend — even our Chief Health Officer is talking about it.
Speaking to the BBC, founder of the first Facebook group Mita Hans said "scaremongering is a big problem."
"We wanted to switch that around and get people to connect on a positive level, to connect with each other," Hans said, adding that the groups have "brought out community and camaraderie."
And Hans is right — Canadians everywhere are demonstrating kindness.
This Toronto woman made over $1600 worth of healthy meals for strangers. Then she delivered it all to their doorsteps, totally free of charge.
If you or anyone in your networks needs food, toiletries or other supplies, please reach or pass on my info- no...Posted by Eli AK on Wednesday, March 18, 2020
And this coffee shop in Halifax left out tons of milk crates filled with toilet paper, milk and English muffins with a note saying, "Please take what you need. Be kind. Share. Thank you."
This Toronto woman left her elderly neighbour some toilet paper and butter tarts outside his door.
Her neighbour replied with a note saying that her thoughtful gesture "makes his life really worthwhile."
Our neighbour is quite elderly w/ mobility issues. Lives alone.— Seher Shafiq💁🏽♀️ (@seher_shafiq) March 16, 2020
We left him some toilet paper & butter tarts at his door. Didn't wanna see him, cuz, #SocialDistancing.
He wrote is this note back which literally says us thinking about him "makes his life really worthwhile".
This Hamilton, Ont. family spent some time giving away free toilet paper to strangers in need.
One of their signs says "Honk!!! We all wipe or no one wipes! #caremonger."
And this Canadian found the best way to cheer up his neighbours in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the snowstorm that hit his town this week.
This Canadian found a way to cheer up his neighbours in the midst of this pandemic and the snowstorm that hit his town this week 🦄- 📹 Lana Trockstad #Canada #CoronaOutbreak #Coronavirus #CoronavirusCanada #COVIDCanada pic.twitter.com/YcDGA5oO6N— Freshdaily (@freshdaily) March 16, 2020
Canadian stores are adding extra opening hours exclusively for seniors to stock up on supplies. Canadian doctors are coming out of retirement to help fight the pandemic. Musicians are playing shows to empty arenas so that Canadians in isolation can watch online.
During a terrible pandemic, Canadians still have each other's backs, because — as Justin Trudeau pointed out — "that is what Canadians do in difficult times."
"We pull together and we look after each other."
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