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2021 Kindness Stories
- "In the past, I've been playing Santa at special events of the Caring and Sharing Exchange Ottawa. Since I wasn't able to do so this past Christmas Season due to my age (77) and my susceptibility to catch the COVID-19 virus, I opted instead to hold numerous Santa Virtual Sessions with children of all ages, which were most appreciated. Whenever I did so, I encouraged the participating families to consider making a donation to the Caring and Sharing Exchange. In addition, since my birthday occurred around Christmas time, I selected this organization as the recipient of a funding raising campaign via Facebook". - Raymond Tremblay (Santa Raymond)
- "My good friend had to postpone her wedding due to Covid. She was going through a difficult time so I decided to drop off a “thinking of you” care package to try and lift her spirits. It contained hand made scrunchies and our favourite wine. It wasn't going to change her circumstances, but I know it would make her feel supported and cared for, letting her know she had people to lean on." - Anonymous Entry
"Like many other brides, Covid-19 prevented me and my partner from having the wedding we had originally planned and paid for. I was supposed to be married in my childhood church in my hometown, but ended up having a small wedding in our backyard to meet Covid safety guidelines. We were grateful to still be getting married, but these new plans meant that my elderly (and at-risk) grandfather would not be able to attend. My good friend surprised me before the big day with a locket containing a picture of my grandfather on one side and a message from him to me on the other. This small gift meant so much to me and made me feel like a part of him was with me that day." - Anonymous Entry