February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness day. Looking back on 2020, it feels like the whole year was Random Acts of Kindness day. While COVID-19 has certainly changed life across the world, it has also underscored the helpful nature that is present in our neighbourhoods and communities. There were several amazing stories of individuals and communities stepping up to support each other. I thought it would be fun to have a look back on this positive aspect of 2020.
One of my favourite stories from last year is about Crystal who runs the Glenholme Loop Petro-Pass in Nova Scotia. During the early days of the pandemic, she was one of the only places open and serving the truck drivers who delivered essential items across Canada. Today she continues to operate with a smile on her face and hot meals for truckers.
Last year, the Easter weekend was the first major holiday weekend where most of us were under new and unfamiliar distancing restrictions. Across the country, neighbours reached out and left messages of encouragement and positivity for each other. I saw several in my own neighbourhood and they always brought a smile to my face and made the day a little cheerier.
And finally, all across Canada, Petro-Canada Associates stepped up to support their own communities. They shared stories about donations to food banks, care packages for front line health care workers and truckers, and supporting local senior centres, schools and animal shelters. We are so grateful for their kindness.
This year, we’re celebrating Random Acts of Kindness day on our Facebook page. Stop by to check out the stories that our fellow Canadians are sharing about random acts of kindness they have experienced. Share your story and you could receive two Petro-Canada gift cards: one for you and one to give to a friend.