Kind gestures can go a long way toward dispelling some of the uncertainty many are experiencing right now.
For kids, whose parents may be shielding them from some of the harsher messages regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the world just seems strange right now. No school for those who are used to that routine, no play dates with friends, no going to the park on a sunny afternoon. And for parents trying to combat the boredom that can quickly descend when ‘normal’ activities are disrupted, any reprieve is welcome.
Christine and John of Complete Home and Property Care Muskoka wanted to do something to help the kids in their community of Hidden Valley, while also supporting local businesses impacted by reduced business.
They purchased goodies and art supplies—enough for 50 kids—and then set up in the parking lot at Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area to maintain some outdoor social distancing, wearing gloves to ensure cleanliness. Parents could drive by or walk over to pick up something fun for their kids. There were individually wrapped confetti cookies from Comfort Bakeshop in Port Sydney, goodies, crayons and markers from Dollarama, colouring pages, and colourful punch balloons.
“We just wanted to do something different to support the community and support local business,” said Christine.
They plan to do it all again in the future with small tubs of ice cream from Belly Ice Cream.
To pass the time, Christine has also been knitting hats—a pastime she recently learned—and plans to sell them nearer to Christmas in support of local charities like Hospice Huntsville.
“I just want to leave the world better than I found it,” she said.
What acts of kindness are you seeing in your community? Share them with us in the comments below.
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