Increasing numbers are going into self-isolation in amid the coronavirus outbreak. This has prompted one woman to design a special “postcard” enabling people to help neighbors — particularly those who are elderly or have mobility or health issues — stuck indoors.
Becky Wass from Falmouth, England created a template to be printed and distributed so that people can communicate whether they need access to urgent supplies and food shopping, or if they’d just like to have a “friendly phone call.”
The freelance copywriter revealed she and her husband came up with the idea to “spread kindness” in communities.
“I’ve been feeling pretty helpless watching the news. Maybe you have too?” Wass wrote in a Facebook post.
“I wanted to do something about it, so I’ve made a postcard that I’ll be posting to my older neighbors as this progresses (after washing my hands!).
”If just one person feels less lonely or isolated when faced with this pandemic, then I’ll feel better about it (I hope!)
”Coronavirus is scary. Let’s make kindness go viral. Feel free to share/print/use.”
Her post — which also directed readers to a download link — has been shared thousands of times.
One person commented, “Wonderful idea. You’re obviously lovely caring people. God bless you both.”
Another wrote: “Great idea; simple kindness and consideration towards others is very much needed these days. Well done!”
A third added: “Wonderful Becky! A lovely act of kindness … have shared and will help as much as I can too.”
Speaking to the BBC, Becky explained how she had come up with the inspiring concept.
“Because fear has spread so quickly, its really important to try to spread kindness,” she said.
“I do think in times like this everybody wants to do something to help, and this postcard just makes that a little bit easier,” she added.
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