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Canadians Have Started A 'Caremongering' Trend To Help Spread Kindness During The Outbreak

One thing that stays consistent about Canadians is that they want to help each other out. That's still true even with the coronavirus in Canada. Groups have sprung up on Facebook to spread a message of "caremongering."

The first of these groups was created for Toronto by Mita Hans, a social services worker. 

The organization's page describes it as "A group for sharing and organizing community resources in response to COVID-19."

Members of Caremongering-TO can post questions, requests, information, and even offer up supplies. Posters can also utilize intersection hashtags such as #BloorLandsdowne to indicate locations for supplies or shops that are open.

"Scaremongering is a big problem," Valentina Harper, one of the group's other organizers told BBC News. "We wanted to switch that around and get people to connect on a positive level, to connect with each other.

"It's spread the opposite of panic in people, brought out community and camaraderie, and allowed us to tackle the needs of those who are at-risk all the time - now more than ever."

While the Toronto group has grown to over 10,000 members, other caremongering groups for cities have popped up including Guelph, Hamilton, Halifax, Montreal, and Vancouver.

The newly created word began trending on Twitter. It has drawn praise from people who commended the groups for providing help and reassurance during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, wrote "Well done, Canadians! Thank you for spreading the kindness during #COVID19. We look forward to more ‘caremongering’ stories. #coronavirus"

"Canada is so Canada sometimes that you have to add a little caremongering. Flag of Canada #coronavirus #caremongering," read a tweet from the Canadian Forces in the United States.

Among the posts in the caremongering groups are offers of homemade food delivery, requests for feel-good videos and content, and information about contacting specific agencies such as Service Canada about EI.

A number of different resources, including a guide on mental health during the outbreak from Ottawa Public Health, have also been made available to help Canadians.

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