A new Kitchener-based community group is helping spread kindness to people who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Titled Act of Kindness, this Facebook group has over 2,800 members and will be going on five months come mid-October.
Creator of the group, Sheena Merling, told KitchenerToday.com that when the pandemic hit, everything felt like it was taken away and as a mother of four, she couldn't do parent council, neighbourhood association or even bring her children out.
"I couldn't help in the community, and it bugged me. I tried everything I saw on social media, and it was just not filling that void of community."
It wasn't until May that the group was founded, and gift baskets filled with various items were given to the people in the community. This eventually evolved into asking people to perform random acts of kindness, including paying for someone's coffee or buying them a meal.
"There is no act of kindness that is too small or too big, it is what you want to do, it is what comes from your heart. It could be as simple as a card with a five-dollar Tims card. Just those things that make you smile."
Over time, a group of volunteers joined in helping grow the Act of Kindness community, and the population of people joining grew to the United States, United Kingdom and South Africa.
"I think COVID really made us look back to, do we really need all these luxuries, how do we help those around us that could be in need without knowing what they need."
Merling likened this group to paying forward any acts of kindness you have received in your own life and doing things that make others happy.
She also thanks her group of volunteers for their support and notes how the community wouldn't be where it was without their help.
If you are interested in joining this group to bring some happiness to your community, you can visit the Act of Kindness Facebook page.