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'Love thy senior neighbour,' community group challenges Londoners

A community group in northeast London is challenging people to spread love to their senior citizen neighbours by putting together Valentine's Day packages to lift the spirits of long-term care home residents.

The Huron Heights Community Association will deliver packages to three long-term care homes

Jacqueline Fraser is the co-founder of the Huron Heights Community Association, which is spearheading the Love Thy Senior Neighbour campaign. (Kate Dubinski/CBC News)

A community group in northeast London is challenging people to spread love to their senior citizen neighbours by putting together Valentine's Day packages to lift the spirits of long-term care home residents. 

The Love Thy Senior Neighbour campaign was launched by the Huron Heights Community Association, challenging those who live in the city's northeast — and beyond — to donate Valentine's Day cards, hand-made crafts and pre-packaged candies or chocolates. 

The donations will go to residents of three northeast London care homes: Earls Court Village, Henley Place, and Kensington Village. 

"With the ongoing pandemic and the pandemic restrictions, we're well aware that seniors are feeling shut in, depressed, and that they are going through heightened social anxiety and feelings of isolation," said Jacqueline Fraser, the co-founder of the Huron Heights Community Association and one of the women behind the project. 

In the winter, the group collected almost 100 packages to give to isolated seniors in the city's northeast. 

The new goal is to collect 536 Valentine's Day packages before Feb. 10 to distribute to all of the residents of the three long-term care facilities. 

"One way our community can help each other and help our seniors is to send them Valentine's Day cards, to lift their spirits and to bring some cheer and joy into their lives, especially for the ones that have no family that visit them," Fraser said. 

The northeast part of London is often seen in a negative light, said Fraser, but those who live there know there is a community spirit that thrives. 

"I have come to recognize how much talent we have in this neck of the woods. Northeast London is often looked down upon, by the decision makers and influencers, but there is a fighting spirit and an enduring spirit here," Fraser said.

"A lot of people have lived here for a long time and they love the area." 

The Huron Heights Community Association is challenging Londoners to give back. (Facebook.com/HuronHeightsCommunityAssociation)

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