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Helping hands from social media

Good Samaritans reach out to those in need
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Kim Cardinal posted on Facebook recently, offering to run errands for those who couldn't leave the house themselves. Supplied
ATHABASCA – Social media can be a curse and a blessing and in this scary time of COVID-19 many are taking to the platform to offer their help. 

One person, among many in the Athabasca region, is Kim Cardinal who works at Blue Heron Support Services. Cardinal posted on Facebook at the start of when people were asked to start isolating that she would be willing to run errands for people who are shut in. 

“Right now, it's a really scary time and people don't want to be out in the public; for elders and people who might not have vehicles or don't have sitters so they can go grocery shopping,” Cardinal said explaining her offer. “I'm a mother too, and I've been there before.” 

Originally from Wabasca, Cardinal grew up helping others and doesn’t mind if someone asks her to run around for them because it’s second nature. 

“My parents have always have taught me and raised me to always remember to help other people in any way that I can and when I want to,” she added. “I may not be able to do much, but helping people is something that I've always done.” 

Cardinal wasn’t the only area person to reach out to help others, many have from Rochester to Smith, all saying the same thing, that they don’t mind helping out neighbours. Like most others though, she hasn’t been taken up on the offer. 

“I haven't had any responses,” she said. “I've had a lot of likes on the on the post, but I haven't actually had anybody messaged me if they needed help.” 

She did say she works full time but will run any errands anyone needs after work. 

“I work 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. but any time after 4 p.m. I'm able to do those things for people and I love driving; even if it’s somebody in Boyle,” she said. “I'm not even trying to make them pay for gas or anything like that. I just want them to get what they need because what if we get quarantined and they have they don't have their meds or they don't have enough food in their fridge. They need to eat too.” 

Heather Stocking,
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