Winnipeg ‘caremongering’ groups offer resources and help during coronavirus crisis

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a lot of fearmongering, but what about ‘caremongering’?

The term is being used to describe groups of people who get together online, offering help and resources to other members of the community during these difficult times of self-isolation.

Kayla Chafe of the South Winnipeg Family Information Centre told 680 CJOB her organization started a popular Winnipeg caremongering group — Winnipeg Community Response to COVID-19 — on Facebook, which has seen a passionate response from hundreds of Winnipeggers.

“We just jumped on this right away,” said Chafe. “We thought, ‘let’s do some compassion care, and let’s do some caremongering.’

“It’s quite lovely… I’m very grateful our Winnipeg community is jumping on board to help each other. It’s just wonderful.”

Chafe said she’s seeing people sharing information on where to get care packages, offering up resources for mental health, educational tools for kids who are off school, and a lot more.

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