Hey it’s rick, lean on z presents ‘feel good fridays’. Good news is good for your mental health, so here’s a story to help you feel good going into the weekend.

This week’s story comes from ontario, canada, where a 9-year-old girl’s simple act of kindness has grown into a network of volunteers helping over 9,000 seniors, people with special needs, single parents, and more vulnerable people during the pandemic. When the shutdown began, young fatima and her father were shopping when she noticed an elderly women in the check-out line, alone, struggling with her groceries. “it made me think of my grandparents” said fatima, so she and hr father offered to help carry the bags to her car. The gesture was small, but the woman was so happy, and her reaction stuck with fatima. She and her father shared their phone number with more elderly neighbors, offering to shop or run errands so those most at risk didn’t have to be exposed to the virus. As more people caught on and also offered to help, fatima created “the good neighbour project” and a facebook page to network all the people willing to help with those who need it. Over 6,000 volunteers and 9,000 deliveries later, “the good neighbor project” has been a bright spot in a difficult year for many. Fatima hopes others can learn from her lesson, saying “when I saw the eldrly person, I thought that was my opportunity to help. Whenever you get a chance to be helpful, just go do it.” well said fatima, thank you for your kindness and for inspiring all of us!

— Rick Morton