Lockdown Illawarra COVID-19: Random Acts of Kindness | The Transcontinental

As the COVID-19 lockdown continues to drag on and a growing number of cases emerge, many people experience stress, anxiety, loneliness and frustration.

But amid the gloom, it seems more and more Illawarra residents are feeling inspired to brighten others’ days with creative gestures.

Simone Kerr and her three-year-old son Samuel are among those who have found themselves victims of a random act of kindness.

They were in Kanahooka Park when they came across a “worry worm,” a small crochet creature with a note that read, “I’m a little worry worm made especially for you!” I carry happy thoughts with me, in case you are feeling blue. Sometimes life is hard, but your burdens that we can share … You found me at the perfect time, to show you that I care.

Ms Kerr said the simple gesture had a big impact on her and Samuel.

“The act of kindness meant a lot to us as I worry about how the lockdown and not seeing family or friends in person affects it,” she said.

“He was so happy to find the worry worm and is taking it everywhere with him now, it’s nice to know that other people care about everyone’s sanity.”

The note with the worm stated that it was from a member of the Random Acts of Crochet Kindness Facebook group, which has nearly 77,000 members around the world and aims to inspire people to “make the world a little lighter and lighter. luminous “.

Meanwhile, the kind gesture of Dapto resident Yasmin Bilton brought a smile to her neighbors.

Last month, she baked around 50 Anzac cookies, packed them with the recipe, and anonymously delivered them to people on her street.

Miss Bilton said she loved to cook and had seen a marked change in her street – which was generally “full of life” during the lockdown.

“I wanted to give people something to cheer them up,” she said.

It’s good to know that other people care about everyone’s sanity.

Simone kerr

She said she regularly took COVID tests and wore gloves and a mask while making the cookies to make sure they were safe for recipients.

One of his neighbors shared his discovery and gratitude for the gesture on social media, and while some commentators expressed concern, many said it was a thoughtful and kind act. .

“I’m a very empathetic person… So it was nice to see people appreciate them,” Ms. Bilton said.

Photo: Sasha Gordon Smith

Many people have also joined in the fun of painting rocks, decorating rocks and leaving them for others, while other gestures encountered include packing for snacks and paying for their order by another customer when drive-thru.

Residents of Wollongong and Shellharbour have now entered their 11e week of confinement, while Kiama faces restrictions until at least Saturday.

People are encouraged to consult their family and friends and see how they are doing.

Lifeline Australia President John Brogden also urged people to take care of their own mental health by keeping a routine, moving and getting some fresh air, remembering this situation will end and asking for help. help if needed.

For crisis assistance, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800. Mental health counseling is available from Beyond Blue at 1800 512 348, while the NSW Mental Health Line at 1800 011 511 can connect people to mental health services. In case of emergency, call triple-0.

This story of Seeing Some of the Kind Deeds in This Town During Lockdown first appeared on Illawarra Mercury.

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