If you’ve been on social media in the last few days, you might have seen a new term doing the rounds.
It originated in Canada and is known as ‘caremongering’.
Though not exclusive to Canada and not a new concept, the term is part of a movement to spread kindness and help others in need during this time of great uncertainty.
A post on a Twitter account called FutureOfGood defined caremongering as “Noun: a movement rapidly spreading across Canada to spread kindness and help others in their communities (particularly those most vulnerable to Covid-19.”
People are doing this by creating Facebook groups to offer support and give aid to those who are particularly vulnerable.
The first caremongering page was set up by Mita Hans with the help of Valentina Harper and others.
Valentina spoke to the BBC about the group and explained the meaning behind the name.
“Scaremongering is a big problem,” she said. “We wanted to switch that around and get people to connect on a positive level, to connect with each other.
“It’s spread the opposite of panic in people, brought out community and camaraderie, and allowed us to tackle the needs of those who are at-risk all the time – now more than ever.”
And it looks like it’s working, with a number of people sharing the wonderful ways they’re getting involved in the movement.
People have been out shopping for those in self-isolation who weren’t able to leave the house, others have bought food for a mum and her baby.
Another kind person gave a woman who lost her job gift cards to go to the store with so she can feed her family.
People are spreading kindness in the UK too in similar ways, with a woman named Becky Wass recently going viral online for sharing kindness cards with her elderly neighbours.
The young woman, from Falmouth, Cornwall, made a print at home template which allows people to tick boxes outlining what help they require.
The options include ‘pick up shopping,’ ‘a friendly phone call,’ ‘posting mail,’ and ‘urgent supplies’.
Becky said she thought of the lovely idea as she and her husband were discussing ways they could help others.
Her card is now being shared on social media and people who follow the idea are being told to leave any items on doorsteps to avoid contact.
Anyone handing out the postcards is also asked to wash their hands.