April 28th marks a very special day: National Superhero Day. Created in 1995 by Marvel’s employees, most years we celebrate with capes and masks, paying homage to our favourite fictional superheroes. This year however, people across the continent are recognizing the true heroes.
While we all do our best to stay home, so many people are working on the front to ensure we can eat, receive mail and deliveries, and be cared for in the hospitals and long-term care facilities. Amidst a time of such isolation, we have all witnessed an incredible coming together of hearts and minds in a united effort to get through this pandemic. If you’ve taken a stroll through Parkdale, you will have seen placards on lawns, signs in windows thanking our service heroes.
There have been a couple amazing parades and demonstrations for our hospital workers as well:
And here in Parkdale, we’d like to give a special thanks our neighbours at St. Joseph’s Hospital, PARC, White Eagle Long-Term Care Residence (where we do circle once / month) and West Neighbourhood House.
This last week alone, PARC served over 2300 meals, and continue to offer support to the homeless and under-housed.
At West Neighbourhood House, they are offering employment support, a neighbourhood Mutual Aid program where volunteers can offer support and folks in need can ask for help (learn how to become a neighbourhood pod lead or volunteer HERE), and tax help.
And at St. Joseph’s, together with the other hospitals, they continue to make sure patients and families are informed while also offering exceptional front-line health care: Information for Patients and Families.
So if you’re having a moment of doubt, remember you are not alone, and there’s so many services out there for you to give and also receive, thanks to our superheroes on the front lines!