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Seniors can call free hotline for a positive message from Calgary high schoolers

The students recorded a variety of upbeat messages, stories and jokes for seniors in isolation who may need a boost.
By: Alison Larabie Chase
April 15, 2020
Miryam Leon/Unsplash
Miryam Leon/Unsplash

“Joy4All” is the goal for a group of Calgary high school students who launched a hotline of the same name last week. A caller who dials 1-877-JOY4ALL will hear a recorded poem, motivational quote, story, or funny joke. Jamie Anderson, the teacher overseeing the project, says it’s intended to bring “a bit of joy and levity” to Canadian seniors who are isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic and may be sad because they cannot see their family members.

The students, who are part of a recreational leadership class, wanted to offer their support to seniors in particular because they see older Canadians as a source of wisdom and deserving of people’s respect. They are planning to add to the hotline’s existing content and to extend it to languages other than English.

Source: CBC News

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