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A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are  Susan Scott, Lizbeth Hartz, Shilpa Garg, Mary J. Giese and Damyanti Biswas.   To learn more about WATWB or to join us click here. For updates, news and monthly reminder notifications please join us on our FB page here and follow us on our Twitter account: @WATWB


“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” ~ Bob Kerrey

We are living through very trying times and for many of us our lives have changed so vastly and so quickly we are learning that many of the things we often took for granted mean the world to us. Often an act of kindness can make a huge impact to someone’s life.

Recently there has been a lot mentioned about a certain act of kindness that helped a woman reconnect with her family during this trying time.  A woman in her 90’s from the Rexdale area of Toronto had been desperately trying to access the library’s free Wi-Fi which she relied on to contact her family . She kept trying to access the signal from the parking lot after her branch closed due to COVID but to no avail. When Toronto Public Library (TPL) employee Young Lark Jin, Library Service Manager for the York Woods District heard about the issue he went above and beyond to make sure the woman could communicate with her family once again. Once learning of the issue, Jin said he contacted multiple library departments, including IT, to see if the Wi-Fi at those branches was working. When Jin got the confirmation that the wireless network was in service, he informed the woman.

“She was using her iPad to connect with her family members because I believe she didn’t have an internet connection at home. She was coming to the local library to get an Internet connection,” Jin said.

However, Jin said the woman called him back to let him know that she went back to the library and still couldn’t access the Internet.

At that time, I realized that she might have some issues with connecting her device to our Wi-Fi. So, I went to Albion and Rexdale and checked our Wi-Fi signals. They were strong, and I was able to connect.”

So, Jin offered to meet the woman at the library to help her resolve the problem. He said they met at the library parking lot while maintaining physical distancing.

“We rolled our windows down, and she passed her iPad to me, and I cleaned it with a hand sanitizer and then I tried to help her. In the end, she was able to connect to the Wi-Fi at the Rexdale branch so she will be able to connect with her family members,” Jin said.

 

To see video on the story,  please click here….

https://www.cp24.com/news/toronto-public-library-employee-praised-for-helping-elderly-woman-connect-with-family-1.4952523

 

“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” – Charles Glassman

16 thoughts on “A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way #WATWB”

    1. So many low income seniors rely on their libraries for so much, this was wonderful to see. Thanks, we have a temporary solution for our WiFi but with everyone working remotely (my husband included) I don’t think it will be fixed anytime soon. Older condo with a newish ISP. We’re not alone but with times the way they are it’s just a minor inconvenience under the circumstances…just have to adapt.(thank god for smartphones) Thanks so much for stopping by and for being a part of #WATWB.

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  1. I like that this library employee took the time to help this woman. I truly believe that kindness should never go out of style, no matter what the circumstances. Thanks for sharing this story and for being a part of #WATWB

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  2. Hi Belinda – a wonderful heart-warming story … just what we need in times like these. No wonder you’re proud of your city … and especially that young man …. very thoughtful.

    I did love the quote: “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” ~ Bob Kerrey …. so true – thank you for organising #WATWB … stay safe – Hilary

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    1. In times like this we really can’t control much but a little kindness can make a huge impact to people’s lives and it’s the one thing we can do. Thanks so much for stopping by and for being a part of#WATWB!😊 Stay safe and be well!💗

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  3. Bringing kindness to the world one person at a time…through people like Jin. I did not think of the people who have to use the library’s computers or WiFi until I read your post, Belinda. So many people have been affected by the pandemic in so many ways.

    That was a very sweet and caring thing for Jin to do. Two thumbs up and I’m glad he has been recognized for his actions.

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    1. I agree when this was one of those little stories that helped renew my faith in humanity. For some of us the internet is how we work, connect with others and these days we do so much more. It’s easy to see how we could take it for granted. We’ve been having issues with WiFi and it’s amazing how much I rely on it… having to go back to doing things old school LOL. Thanks so much for stopping by and for being a part of #WATWB. Stay safe and be well!💗

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  4. Such a great post Belinda thank you! Young Lark Jin went above and beyond to help this 90+ lady, Torontonians must be proud. I liked also that while libraries are in lock down they are being used as food banks.

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    1. It’s funny how much we take for granted. Love how one person’s simple act helped the lady connect with family just when it’s needed the most.💗 Thanks so much for stopping by and for being a part of #WATWB.

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