Pope Francis on Sunday invited young people from around the world to perform “gestures of tenderness” toward the elderly, as many are forced into isolation to observe Covid-19 health guidelines.
The Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life quickly answered that call launching a campaign to reach out to the elderly who may be suffering in isolation. The Redemptorists join with people of goodwill in the #sendyourhug campaign.
The pandemic has hit the elderly particularly hard and it has disconnected the already weak links between generations, however, respecting social distancing rules does not mean accepting a destiny of loneliness and abandonment.
Send a hug
Since health regulations remain in place in many areas to protect the elderly, we invite you to send a hug to an older person in your parish or neighbourhood who may be experiencing loneliness.
You can do so by phone, video call, or by sending an image.
Share on social media
Young people are encouraged to share their outreach efforts on social media by including #sendyourhug in the post.
The pandemic has hit the elderly particularly hard and it has disconnected the already weak links between generations. However, respecting social distancing rules does not mean accepting a destiny of loneliness and abandonment. God of the youth, we pray that the elderly are not abandoned to loneliness. That we may do our part to reach out in this time of crisis. Amen