The couple’s incredible act of kindness to partners suffering from Melbourne’s grueling lockdown – and how you can get involved too
- Ballarat couple sent groceries to friends in Melbourne via online shopping apps
- They suggested others do the same in a large private Facebook group
- The motivation is to help people who are suffering financially during the lockdown
- Mothers supporting families in need have reported receiving care packages
Australians are sending messages to friends and strangers in Melbourne in heartwarming efforts to make life easier for those trapped in the city’s brutal lockdown.
A mother from Ballarat told the Kindness Pandemic Facebook group on Wednesday that she and her partner sent groceries to a friend in Melbourne using the Woolworths shopping app.
She was lucky to be out of town and saved the worst of restrictions, but she is sorry for temporary workers in Melbourne who don’t know when they can go back to work.
Puck Rice (pictured) said she had sent messages to friends affected by the Melbourne lockdown on Kindness Pandemic’s Facebook page
“My partner had a great idea,” she wrote. ‘We’re in a good position through all of this, why not place an order on the Woolies app and have some food delivered to one of our friends who is really struggling?
“So we picked out some things that we thought they would like and need and got them delivered to her.”
Since then, others have come forward to do the same, including Vanessa Brady, also from regional Victoria.
Mrs. Brady sent a $50 package to a friend in Melbourne who she had heard was not feeling well.
“I’d heard he wasn’t doing well and he didn’t have a car so it was hard to get around so I sent him some staples,” she told the Daily Mail Australia.
Other people have also shared stories on the page with a number of people who use online grocery apps to send care packages to those who have been shut down (stock image)
“I sent coffee, frozen meals, pasta, noodles, just some things to feed him. And some vitamins.’
Shopping is also done this way for the non-profit group Mums Supporting Families in Need, which helps underprivileged families, said a volunteer for the service, Jane Symes,
“People order online from Woolworths or Coles and have them delivered directly to the factory that Mums Supporting Families in Need rents,” she said.
“Then they bundle food packages and distribute them directly to families in need through local aid organizations.”
Victoria was shut down for the fourth time last week due to an outbreak that originated in hotel quarantine in Adelaide.
It was supposed to last seven days, but on Wednesday the government announced that Melbourne would be closed for another week in line with its strategy to eradicate the virus.
State government sources predict other restrictions could remain in place for weeks after the lockdown.
A woman who responded to the pandemic thread of kindness was a prime example of those affected.
“My mom was kind enough to help me with this month’s rent,” she wrote.
A Melbourne resident walks from Melbourne’s Footscray Market on day five of lockdown lockdown
My industry is closed and we can’t work from home. Although my employer will pay us something, it is not what I normally earn.
“It’s definitely harder this time without job retention.”
Some have also sent messages anonymously, even to complete strangers.
The acts of kindness received universal praise in the Facebook group, which emerged at the start of the pandemic and now has more than 550,000 members worldwide.
‘Nice idea guys…well done. We are sorry that Victoria has been through so much in this pandemic,” one member wrote in a comment.
‘We are thinking of you all. Stay strong Victoria, you got this!’