#CovidKindness: Canadian kids find ways to help, big and small

Story by CBC Kids News • 2020-04-06 06:00

From entertaining seniors to helping nurses, kids are stepping up

Canadian kids are doing what they can to get people smiling again in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

How are they spreading that #CovidKindness message?

Well, they’re using all of the tools at their disposal — including ukuleles, 3D printers and even rocks and paint.

Crafty for a cause

Aaron Lu sits next to 3D printer holding handful of plastic ear savers.

Grade 11 student Aaron Lu has been running his 3D printer non-stop to produce little plastic parts for doctors and nurses known as ear savers. (Submitted by Aaaron Lu)

Aaron Lu, 16, from Burnaby, B.C., found a plan online for making plastic pieces on his 3D printer called ear savers.

What are they? Well, turns out it can hurt your ears to wear a mask all the time.

Thankfully, doctors and nurses can relieve the pressure by hooking their mask elastics to an ear saver instead of their actual ears.

Ear saver in use.

In two days, Aaron managed to make 40 ear savers. He sent them to health-care workers at Burnaby Hospital. (Aaron Lu)

Now Aaron’s putting the call out to other people with 3D printers to get involved.

“I hope you guys can all fire up your printers and help toward this cause," he said.

Singing for smiles

Liam Calderbank holds ukulele.

On March 31, Liam Calderbank performed an outdoor concert for seniors. He says he’ll probably do it again. (Delanie Aikens)

Seniors are vulnerable when it comes to the coronavirus and that means nobody living in a long-term care home is getting any visitors right now.

When staff at Dr. Andrew Pavillion extended care facility in Summerland, B.C., invited volunteers to perform outdoor concerts for the residents, Liam Calderbank picked up his ukulele and answered the call.

Watch part of his performance:

Liam played three songs while standing just outside the main windows.

“I think it made their day,” the 10-year-old said.

Messages of hope

Eli MacInnis Polson holds painted rocks.

People in Winneway, Que., were treated to the sight of brightly painted rocks in and around their community recently thanks to Eli MacInnis Polson’s positivity project. (Submitted by Shawna MacInnis, Berlinda Wabegijig)

Of course, you don’t need high-tech equipment or musical talent to spread good vibes.

When schools shut down, Eli MacInnis Polson of Long Point First Nation started painting positive messages and images on rocks.

Instead of keeping them to himself, the 11-year-old decided to scatter them around the community of Winneway, Que., during family walks.

Pile of painted rocks.

‘Stay safe’ and ‘be happy’ are some of the messages that Eli painted. Community members have been taking selfies with the ones they find and posting them online. (Submitted by Shawna MacInnis)

Neighbours said seeing the rocks really cheered them up, and Eli got a boost, too.

“It’s fun,” he said.

Now it's your turn

What have you been doing to help spread the #CovidKindness message?

Email cbckidsnews@cbc.ca and be sure to include a photo.

We might feature your story on our website!

With files from Rafferty Baker, Joel Ballard and Jessica Deer/CBC News

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