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These Canadian high school students created a hotline for older people feeling strain of coronavirus

How high school students are crowdsourcing joy

Canadian high school students have created a telephone hotline to help spread positive messages to elderly people feeling the strain of coronavirus, according to CBC News.
Canadian high school students have created a telephone hotline to help spread positive messages to elderly people feeling the strain of coronavirus, according to CBC News.
Screenshot, JOY4ALL

Canadian high school students have created a telephone hotline to help spread positive messages to elderly people feeling the strain of coronavirus, according to CBC News.

What’s happening:

  • High school students in Canada created a new hotline — 1-877-JOY-4ALL — that has prerecorded messages for elderly people to enjoy, especially as they try to survive the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The messages include jokes, stories, kind message, letters, songs and more, according to Huffington Post. The goal is to help those who are trapped at home during social distancing.
  • The Joy4All Project is still seeking submissions from people who want to help older people feel safe and secure.
  • The project said: “We are looking to connect seniors and those in isolation with the voices of kids and youth. When you call, you’ll hear kind words, stories, and humour from local kids and youth who want to spread messages of hope and connection in these times of isolation.”

Why it’s being done:

  • Jared Quinn told CBC News: “Lots of people butt heads all the time, especially generational things, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be that respect and that you can’t show love to people who may not be in your own generation. I think we can learn a lot of respect for each other and a lot of wisdom from our elders in the community.”
  • Ali Ahmad, a student involved with the project, told LiveWireCalgary that he enjoyed the project because he wanted to make a difference in the world.
  • Ahmad said: “Through this project, we will be able to show our appreciation to people that are self-isolating and give them something they can always look forward to in their day. Hopefully, it can lighten the mood and help save lives.”