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#COVIDKindness: Sudburians are sharing kindness during the pandemic and it's catching on

Even a small kind gesture has the power to lift spirits; share your kindness story by using the hashtag #COVIDKindness knows that by sharing acts of kindness, it can inspire others to do the same.

In light of COVID-19, our news feeds have become overloaded with breaking news and daunting headlines. 

While we are committed on keeping the community informed with the latest news, wants to highlight the helpers and focus on the positive things that are happening in our city.

Earlier this week, we asked our readers to share their stories of kindness and this is what we've received so far.

Stack Brewing is extending a helping hand to those in need by providing free pre-made meals to families who need it most.

"Hey everyone, we know times are incredibly difficult and these are uncharted waters for us all," the company said in a Facebook post

"If you’re going through a really hard time right now, and your family is suffering, please reach out to us as we’ll have pre-made meals ready for those who need it most."

The meals are free. No walk-ins. Supply is limited. 

"It hurts that we can’t help you all, but please, please reach out and we’ll try and make sure your family is fed."

"In this time of crisis, it’s important that we think about our neighbours who need this most, so please be mindful of the limited quantity before ordering."

If you are in need, email [email protected].

Barrydowne Paint is donating 300 N95 Respirator Masks to Health Sciences North in an effort to help protect the men and women on the front lines of the Covid-19 response. 

"We're sending our thoughts, prayers and immense gratitude to the healthcare workers and first responders, many of whom are our family and friends." the company said on their Facebook page.

Ryan Joseph, 5, and his little brother Luke offered words of encouragement to their neighbours in Minnow Lake amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

‎Paige Michel‎ wants to thank the anonymous heroes that dropped groceries off for her and her son.

Sonia del Missier wrote "A big shout out to my husband’s daughter and son-in-law who keep checking in on us during our self-isolation period.  They have brought us groceries and take no payment. They are already extremely busy people with jobs and three young children but still they find the time to make sure we are ok. Thank you very much Becky and Trevor!"

Anita Dowdall had a pizza delivered to her grandson Zachary who is feeling under the weather. She wrote: "He’s in isolation at home in Ajax, and we are in Sudbury so I sent him a Dominos pizza for a get well surprise, he went to the hospital to be checked out. They did an X-ray and sent him home. Hope he gets better real soon."

Jenn Edward said her friend Natalie offered to get her prescription for her last week. She wrote "I'm high risk and (she) told me to let her know if there was anything else I needed. It's nice to know who you can turn to in times like these. If I wasn't high risk I'd do the same for someone else." 

Gheng Buenavides wants to recognize Dr. Jenny Thomas for supplying masks to all Sudburian medical teams. "Stay healthy everyone!!! And stay home."

Wright Lenora is thanking Brain Walker and his girlfriend for their good deed. "Thank you so very very much xoxoxox ❤️❤️❤️ I hope you see this your kindness will never be forgotten xoxoxox ❤️❤️❤️"

Lenette Normandin-Gauthier is thankful for Jason Tripp and the wonderful members of Valley View Community Church for providing grocery pickup and delivery for seniors and shut-ins in Valley East.

Tina Marielle Guy wrote "It's my garbage day today. So I decided to disinfect my recycling boxes and garbage bin to help them out. 🙂 I got a big thank you from the guys as they tell me they need to wash their hands every 30 minutes."

Rod Eko says "If you are staying home, that is a good deed."

Commenter "Serius Lee" wrote "I don’t know who she is... but yesterday morning at Wal Mart a senior citizen lady who enjoys arts and crafts offered me a pair of her latex gloves when she saw me struggling not to touch handles with my hands. I declined... but thank you once again ma’am...your kindness inspired hope in my heart."

Commenter "Team Canada" wrote "Today I had to go out to get groceries and prescriptions. At the intersection of Barrydowne and the Kingsway someone had posted handmade made signs that said 'we are all in this together ♥️' and I think the second one said 'StayStrong andStay home❤️' I think this was really great and heartwarming. Thank you to the person or family that did this!"

Topper's Pizza is serving up a helping of support for people being affected by COVID-19, and those working on the front lines. 

As of March 24, $3 from every Family Pleaser Combo sold will be donated to help local food banks and Feed Ontario's COVID-19 Emergency Food Boxes to support our communities. Customers can also choose to give additional donations of $1, $2, or $5.

Second, as a special thank you to health-care workers and first responders, starting March 25, Ontario health-care workers and first responders (police, fire and paramedics) will receive 25 per cent off any large pizza.

The Feed Ontario Family Pleaser program is available through delivery, contactless delivery and take-out by ordering on the Topper's App, website, calling 310-7171 or in-person at our pizzerias.

PhotoCaptiva lifted families spirits last weekend when they spent the day taking portraits of families on their porches free of charge. 

Kindness is contagious – it has a ripple effect. So let's keep this going, Sudbury! 

If you received an act of kindness, big or small - we want to hear about it!

Do you know a quiet hero that is going out of their way to deliver happiness to his or her neighbours? Tell us about them!

Share your act of kindness story and photos using the hashtag #COVIDKindness or email your stories to us at [email protected].

Together we can create some good news in our community.


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