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Mar 26, 2020 12:36AM ● By Our Circle Of Moms
(Editor's note: The following column was first published on ourcirclesofmoms.com and is reprinted with permission.)

By Colin Thomas

With all the news about the COVID-19 virus lately, we all need to be very cautious about social distancing and washing or sanitizing our hands as often as possible. These are certainly some scary times we are all witnessing. All the stories about people hoarding hand sanitizers, wipes, and of course the hoarding of toilet paper (which is odd in my opinion), we are feeling a high level of anxiety about the spread of this virus.

But in times like these, I do believe communities pull together for the benefit of everyone. Some of the things I have seen on social media in my community are so heartwarming. People looking out for each other, offering advice, checking in on family, friends, and most importantly, the elderly with chronic conditions such as COPD or those undergoing cancer treatment.

I happen to live in a cul-de-sac where the majority of homeowners have families and the kids all know and play with each other when the weather is nice outside.  Because of this tight-knit community, we developed a Facebook group for all the residents who live in our cul-de-sac to communicate with each other and share happy memories. But most recently, this Facebook group has turned into a support system where we can all count on each other if, and when needed.

For example, one of the recent posts to the group page from a family mentioned they were going to the supermarket and asked everyone if anyone needed anything. Another post mentioned the lack of toilet paper for purchase on the shelves at our local supermarket. I was so moved the other day, when I was in my living room, and saw one local resident depositing a few rolls of toilet paper in several mailboxes for various residents. I’m not sure if those families requested a few rolls using Facebook Messenger privately or whether it was a simply an act of kindness in hard times.

I feel blessed to live in this neighborhood. To know that we are all in this together and that my fellow neighbors have my family’s back if we needed anything, is quite special.

I’m sure there are many other communities/neighborhoods that would do the same. I highly recommend setting up a Facebook page for your neighborhood, especially in times like these, but it is great to have regardless.

Take care of your family, but also your local community/neighborhood. We are all in this together, so let’s support and help each other. Start a Facebook Group for your neighborhood. We have all found it to be very valuable, informative, and fun!

 

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