When Rahul Dubey offered his home as shelter overnight to over 60 Washington protestors who were caught on his street, he acted on what he said was instinct. It was truly an act of compassion for those in need, for those in his community.
Rahul Dubey offered shelter to complete strangers in the dead of night. While he has been applauded and praised as a hero by many, Dubey said he believes anyone would have opened their doors.
Today, more than ever, a sense of care for your community is critical. It is what makes Haven Toronto a welcoming, safe space for elder homeless, marginally housed and socially isolated men. The downtown drop-in centre serves thousands annually and has seen a dramatic spike in the need for support in 2020.
In this time of crisis and uncertainty, community members everywhere are finding ways to reach out, while distancing, and help neighbours, especially those who are vulnerable, marginalized, elderly, isolated and impoverished.
With strict rules around contact amid the pandemic, people have taken to social media and online platforms to offer good deeds and helping hands to others in their community, a widespread movement referred to as “Caremongering.” With over 25,000 members, the Toronto Caremongering Facebook group gives members an opportunity to offer or ask for help and share resources.
A local 13 year old girl asks for toiletries and donations for care packages she is making on her birthday to distribute to those who are less fortunate.
A concerned daughter asks if anyone in her neighbourhood that has a dog would be willing to visit her elderly mother who is isolated and lonely.
A single parent asks for help with groceries as she doesn’t have a babysitter.
The response from the community is immediate and almost every call for help receives a flood of offers of support. For those who are unable to help, they offer words of encouragement. Without hesitation, people are giving up their time and resources for people who several months ago were just strangers they would pass on the street.
While the pandemic has forced us to isolate, communities are connected now more than ever as strangers open their doors to help strangers in need.
One small act can make one big difference in a day, in a life.
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