Peter and Ava Driessen present a care package to Bob Jansen. The Driessens were among the recipients of the City of Abbotsford’s Responsive Neighbourhood Grants. Submitted

Abbotsford neighbourhood grant recipients tackle COVID with masks, care packages and yoga

City handed out eight grants totally $3,665 to reduce social isolation from COVID-19

The City of Abbotsford has handed out $3,665 to help fund small-scale projects to reduce COVID-related social isolation.

The city, with the help of the Vancouver Foundation and Abbotsford Community Foundation, had earlier launched a program to reallocate money previously slated for its neighbourhood small grant program to help address the social effects of the ongoing pandemic.

Eight different projects received funding.

They included:

  • A family who made 300 washable masks and handed them out to neighbours, businesses, seniors and health organizations;
  • A yoga instructor – Alexandria Waycott – who held weekly free online yoga classes in June;
  • A group of Abbotsford teens who put together care packages and handed them out to fellow youth in need at the Cyrus Centre;
  • A family with three young kids who created care packages for their elderly neighbours. Along with essentials, each recipient received hand-painted frames and small wooden birdhouses
  • An online science café that will be held this fall. The talks will be given by experts in their respective fields, will be followed by question-and-answer sessions. The talks are free for anyone to participate and will run on the first Tuesday of each month until December. Sign up at sciencetalks.ca

A member of the family who made the masks said in their project has been inspiring.

“This has been such a good experience and seeing people brought to tears from something as simple as a mask has been very motivating for me,” he said in a news release. “We are still continuing to make the masks and have even inspired some of our friends to start making masks as well.”

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