Caremongering

Do you remember “random acts of kindness”? The movement that started in the 1980s that encouraged spontaneous kindness. Out of the COVID19 health crisis a new term has been coined, and a movement has started on social media, called “caremongering.”

The goal of caremongering is to spread the opposite of panic in people, to bring out community and camaraderie. We invite you to send us examples of caring acts, friendship and community-building you are part of and we will provide a weekly summary to inspire and lighten our collective spirit.

This week we heard from…

Gerry Hewitt & Rob Riddle. Rob has been visiting Gerry, who returned early from Australia (where her son lives) and has gone into quarantine, by walking over to her condo and waving to her up on her balcony while they talk on the phone! A modern day Romeo & Juliet!…

Linda Gilmour started a “Besties” email group of friends from the church, many who have travelled together over the years; she seeds the discussion each morning with a positive thought and others join in the electronic conversation throughout the day helping them all feel connected to each other…

John Whitehead says he and Nikki have been cheered while out on walks by chalk messages written on driveways and sidewalks by children in their neighbourhood, and they’ve also spotted a few hearts in windows …

Bev Milton, who is a retired United Church minister, and Ralph, have been asked to lead worship for residents at The Dorchester where they live; normally an Anglican clergyperson conducts those services but as visitors are not allowed at this time, this is something they have been approached to lead. A modern day house church!

Please send your random acts of caremongering to Tanya at [email protected] for future publication.THANK YOU SO MUCH!