It’s easy to feel down and lonely during nationwide shutdown efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. In Calgary, a group of high school students banded together to create a hotline that plays pre-recorded messages of positivity.
The Joy4All project was launched by students at the Ever Active Schools recreational leadership program.
The students said that they created the hotline as a way to provide comfort to quarantined seniors across the continent. People of all ages are encouraged to call the hotline if they need a little boost in their day. By calling 1-877-JOY-4ALL, callers can hear a selection of jokes, stories, guided meditations, and educational messages.
Students will be regularly updating the messages through June--perhaps longer depending on how long lockdowns last.
“A lot of folks who are in isolation are really missing their families right now,” Ever Active Schools teacher Jamie Anderson said. “So we’re just trying to fill in some of the gaps and bring them a little bit of joy and levity during these difficult times.”
Students from all over are encouraged to submit their own jokes, stories, and messages through the Joy4All website.
“Children and youth can submit their own written messages, content, and even recordings! We encourage kindness, creativity, and diverse messages of joy, especially for our Indigenous elders in isolation as well as seniors who are newcomers, immigrants, and refugees.”