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Love in the Time of Corona: Pt 2

'A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.' Amelia Earhart

Over the last week, I have been heartened by the global response to Covid-19. Amidst the panic buying, fear and paranoia, something much more significant is happening -- a kindness pandemic is spreading faster than the coronavirus itself. People are adjusting to the challenges of isolation, of social distancing, of deep social and economic upheaval by coming together to help one another.

Last week, on my 53rd birthday, March 18th, I started this blog and asked people to send me their stories, videos, poems, images of love, solidarity and kindness. I’ve been overwhelmed by the response, by the change-making, hope and positivity that I believe is transforming the world as we know it.

For the last decade, I have been a passionate advocate and campaigner for building a caring, sharing economy, a system to live by where we care for people and planet and share available resources in any way that we can. Climate change and coronavirus have created a perfect storm, out of which this new, sustainable, caring, sharing economy can and will emerge. But it will take all of us to embrace change. Whether we are individuals who want to make a difference, businesses who want to survive or communities who need help (and many other things in between), we will need to work together in new ways to unleash our inner changemaker potential. Here’s a round up of 20 ways in which we have responded positively with love and kindness to our current crisis. This is Love in the Time of Corona…

1. #TheKindnessPandemic

With over a quarter of a million members, #TheKindnessPandemic Facebook Group is bringing together a community of people to help each other. It’s growing daily with offers of help, specific campaigns to feed the hungry and offer support and virtual connection to those particularly vulnerable.

2. Covid-19 Mutual Aid

There are now over 1,000 Covid-19 mutual aid groups, on social media platforms such as What’s App, connecting people in their immediate local area to support one another. In the street where I live in Brighton, I had a pre-existing street community group and now, it’s doubled in size, as people are coming forward to ask for help. From a couple with disabilities who are unable to collect food, to an elderly man who wants some phone / virtual ‘company’ to help him feel less alone, Covid-19 mutual aid groups are making a difference.

3. #ViralKindness

Becky Wass in Cornwall, UK designed a simple postcard to put through doors and let neighbours know there is help close at hand. #ViralKindness has indeed gone viral with the postcard being shared and printed countless times. I spent several days last week posting the card through letterboxes where I live, offering help and have been contacted by people in my immediate community who want to be connected during this challenging time.

4. Takeaway Community Kitchens

US celebrity chef José Andrés is trying to save jobs and feed those in need by turning his restaurants in New York City and Washington, D.C. into takeaway community kitchens for people in need.

5. Stay at Home and Stay Fit