The world began to experience the Coronavirus, and fear began to spread. The media and politicians had been accused of “fearmongering” and spreading mass panic. Synonymously, America’s neighbor to the north reacted oppositely and is nothing less than expected. Canada began “caremongering,” a term that did not exist until just a few days ago. A movement that began in Toronto, Ontario, as a way to help vulnerable people; turned into action. Caremongering is spreading across Canada faster than COVID 19.
Within five days, more than 50 Facebook groups, consisting of 45,000+ members, have been set up coast to coast, across Canada’s great nation, to offer help to others within their communities. Predominantly people who are more at risk of health complications related to Coronavirus.
These groups are offering food, aid, access to medical care, sidewalk snow clearing, and whatever else is needed to assist their neighbors during this uncertain time.
An act of kindness, as a result of the pandemic, has spread across Canada and the world.
In Spain, soup is being delivered to the elderly, in Italy, Italians are playing music from their balconies to uplift the people’s spirit, in the United States, hotels are giving free rooms to the homeless – to help them isolate, and the list goes on.
Canada has once again proven its stereotypes of kindness, humanity driven, and helping others is valid and has become a movement across social media and in their hometowns.
Mita Hans and Valentina Harper set up the first “caremongering” Facebook group.
Hans was quoted in a BBC article stating, “Scaremongering is a big problem. We wanted to switch that around and get people to connect on a positive level, to connect. It spreads the opposite of panic in people, brought out community and camaraderie, and allowed us to tackle the needs of those who are at-risk all the time – now more than ever.” She laughs before stating, “I had no idea thousands would follow.”
Hans continues to state, “Anxiety, isolation, and lack of hope affects you. In providing this virtual community that allows people to help each other, I think it is showing people there is still hope for humanity. We haven’t lost our hope.”
Canadians who have received the service are grateful. Assistance such as a mother in Ottawa was delivered food for her baby when she couldn’t leave the house, an elderly couple in Halifax had their medicine delivered to their home, a community in Prince Edward Island, gave grocery store gift cards to a woman who couldn’t work due to the Coronavirus, and the goodwill list goes on.
Each day more humans are joining these Facebook groups and helping their fellow humans. Isolation can bring loneliness and feelings of helplessness. Conversely, with these “caremongering” groups growing at a rapid pace, it shows that there are good people in the world, and if we stand together, we can make a positive difference in a time of uncertainty.
A massive thank-you to the “caremongers,” humans who brave the virus to keep us safe and the individuals who do selfless acts of kindness each day. You are all heroes!
Keep sanitized, wash your hands, self-isolate, stay safe, and be kind to one another!