Staying at home is a privilege that not everyone can enjoy during these trying times. However, we also can’t discount the fact that it could be hard especially for those who are living alone. More so if they belong to the vulnerable groups like the elderly ones and those with any form of disability. So, when an elderly woman in London sought a little help from her neighbors, they certainly didn’t let her down.
Twitter user Bon Cliff recently shared a photo of a handwritten note that she found on her block’s lobby door. It turned out to be from one of her neighbors—a 72-year-old woman who is living alone and “going round the twist with nothing to read.” In the note, the lady expressed her intention to request for spare books and DVDs from her neighbors.
So, when Bon Cliff and her neighbors learned of this note, they quickly delivered. Without a second thought, they dropped off the requested items at the elderly lady’s door. And on the following day, she left another note expressing her appreciation towards her neighbors’ generosity. Apparently, this wholesome act of kindness has touched the hearts of many and prompted Bon Cliff’s post to go viral. Her tweet has garnered over 496K likes with more than 68K retweets to date.
The following day, the elderly woman left another note to give thanks to her kind-hearted neighbors
The online community also expressed their gratitude towards the neighbors’ kind efforts
I wish to become this old bird one day, with as equally kind-hearted neighbors ??
— ?????. (@___valeriaGF___) April 25, 2020
I’m crying man?
— bad boy (@badboychadhoy) April 25, 2020
— ????? ????? ? (@helloiamPoppy) April 24, 2020
This virus situation is showing a lot of good in people. We all need to help our neighbors.
— Joyce Kane (@Jkane126) April 25, 2020
I hope people left their phone numbers so they could chat with her ? isolation (in the elderly especially) literally can cause mental decline. I hope she has family and friends she talks to.
— servant of my dog (@birdquartz) April 25, 2020
This warmed my heart.
— Midwin Charles (@MidwinCharles) April 25, 2020
Awww bless her heart ??????
— gweneth smith (@sonicplush2) April 25, 2020
Awww that’s amazing?? please check if she needs any groceries etc too just in case
— YouTube: Bisi Ade (@Bisiade_) April 24, 2020
So lovely that she felt she could ask and that you guys could help.
— GG Pierpoint nomad??????? (@p_pierpoint) April 24, 2020
This is why you should listen to social distancing rules, so pure hearted people like this have the chance to live their last years with their family and friends instead of tucked away inside! x
— Yaz (@YazzieHarker) April 25, 2020
This warms the cockles of my heart ?
It took a pandemic to bring back the art of handwritten notes – now a rare commodity.
She reminds me of the elderly women/men in the residential/nursing homes I worked in while at Uni. Straight to the point & with a good dose of humor.
— Marian Salema (@Marian_Salema) April 25, 2020
I sometimes forget how easy kindness can be. Thanks for sharing & reminding.
— sneakers1957 (@sneakers1957) April 25, 2020
Others also shared their personal lockdown stories
The World Health Organization (WHO) has also constantly stressed that mental health is another key consideration during these anxious times. In an online press conference, Dr. Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, reminded the public to check on their elders from time to time.
“If keeping your grandparents safe means you can’t visit them in person, talk to them every day so that they don’t feel alone. Physical distancing is not social isolation.”
He further noted that caring for older people in the community is “everyone’s business.” Indeed, it is during these challenging times that humanity should reign supreme. After all, even small acts of kindness are surely more than enough to lift a person’s spirit. So, let us always choose to be kind whenever possible.
Yesterday an elderly woman in my block taped the first note to the lobby door, so my neighbours and I dropped off some books/DVDs for her. Today she stuck up a second note 🙂 pic.twitter.com/ERbQe6DlQU
— Bon Cliff (@conniebliff) April 23, 2020
Source: Bon Cliff