Winter makes many of us feel lonely and isolated. Lack of sun and the cold weather makes it harder to connect with your community, which makes it a challenging time of year.
This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has made these challenges even harder. At PBJ, our projects encourage community connection, and that has primarily been through gatherings and physical connection in public space. In order to address needs arising from COVID, we decided to switch gears this winter.
We partnered with Veith House to develop the Hygge Kits project: 250 self-care kits that will be given to people who are feeling the weight of isolation this winter. Each kit contains items that are designed to help people feel comfort: the feelings which the Danish term Hygge aims to create.
The kits include items such as a mix to make a healthy soup, a journal, and blank cards. We encourage people to write notes to their neighbours as a way of connecting with the people around them in safe ways.
Special thanks to the Canadian Red Cross for their financial support in this project through the Emergency Community Support Fund. Additional thanks to Veith House for their tremendous support in helping us get the kits to people in need, and to Engage Nova Scotia for contributing cards to our kits as part of their From Me To You campaign!
While life is more challenging these days, we encourage you to find little things you can do to reconnect with both yourself and your community. A simple love note to a neighbour goes a long way – it’s the small things that make big impacts!