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Project Special Delivery: North Van neighbours send well-wishes to care centre

More than 200 community members contributed to a zine booklet for staff and residents at Lynn Valley Care Centre.
By: Greggory Clark
April 01, 2020
Photo by Jim Lanctot
Photo by Jim Lanctot

The 100-page booklet is filled with photography, drawings, poetry, and messages of support from over 200 community members. The organizers posted a call on LynnValleyLife.com, last weekend, and received more than 250 submissions by Monday morning.

The folks behind Project Special Delivery said they wanted to show support to the residents and recognize staff at Lynn Valley Care Centre, which is home to the biggest cluster of COVID-19 cases in British Columbia.

Jim Lanctot, who co-founded the community website LynnValleyLife.com with fellow realtor Kelly Gardiner; and conceived Project Special Delivery with the site's editor, Robin Thorneycroft, says it's "an act of kindness that makes people in the community, who felt helpless, feel better," in this interview with the Vancouver Sun.

There was a lot of back-and-forth with the care centre and Vancouver Coastal Health to determine how to send the zine safely, without contamination. A local printer was able to produce the package and box it without touching any of the paper. Lanctot made a curb=side delivery, which the facility staff picked up after he left.

"It's really to give a bright spot to these people in the midst of chaos, and to channel the love of our neighbours that care so much, and overcome the feeling of helplessness we had," Lanctot said.

Source: Vancouver Sun, LynnValleyLife.com, Facebook

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