Lacombe FCSS Happy Grams will be delivered to residents in the community who are forced to isolate due to COVID-19. (Image Courtesy: Lacombe FCSS)

Lacombe FCSS ‘Happy Grams’ bring joy to those feeling isolated

Residents are encouraged to drop off words of encouragement to the MCMPL book-drop

Lacombe FCSS continues to support the community through the COVID-19 pandemic, with their latest program providing smiles for the community in the form of Happy Grams.

Happy Grams, according to Jan Pocock, volunteer and special projects coordinator, said the program is a way to connect the community with those forced to remain indoors.

“We are inviting people to write a little story, draw picture, write a joke, tell a riddle — any words of encouragement that we can share with people in our community like the elderly and those in isolation. We want to bring some happiness to their day,” Pocock said.

Lacombe residents have been sharing encouragement in many ways throughout the community and Pocock said this is an effective way to reach people who need support.

“Everyone wants to do something right now and this is a real easy and impactful way to do something,” she said.

Happy Grams can be mailed to the Lacombe FCSS office or dropped off at the Mary C. Moore Public Library book drop.

“They come in and sit for a period of time and they go out with our meals and grocery deliveries, along with other home visits are necessary,” she said.

Happy Gram recipients have been thrilled to receive their surprise according to Pocock.

“It is really fun to hear them talk about it,” she said. “They are putting them up on the refrigerator or they have them on the cupboard. It is a small thing, but it brings something new, exciting and encouraging to their world.”

She added, “I think it is simple and it is an act that anyone can do. You are really making a big impact in our community.”



todd.vaughan@lacombeexpress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

40 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Alberta

Province’s central zone still has no active cases

Alberta reports just seven new COVID-19 cases

‘Today’s numbers mark an occasion to be celebrated’

Sylvan Lake RCMP continue to search for missing man

43-year-old Steven Michael Hull is still missing and Sylvan Lake RCMP are seeking public assistance

Lacombe County Reopens Sandy Point Beach for the season

Signage is posted at the beach outlining public health orders

Still no confirmed active COVID-19 cases in Red Deer, central zone

There are 15 new confirmed cases were in Alberta, the province said Thursday

A letter from the publisher

Eckville Echo’s Publisher, Barb Pettie, addresses the readers of the paper in a letter

Red Deerians protest against racism on Saturday

This was the third protest in the city this week

‘It’s brewing’: Inmates, guards worry about violence after COVID-19 lockdown

‘Thirteen weeks in a cage the size of your (bathroom) has been pretty devastating’

Feds sign $105-million deal with Bombardier for two new Challenger jets

Department of National Defence announced the deal with Bombardier on Saturday

‘Alarmed:’ Health critic calls for more data on COVID-19 in trucking industry

Public Health Agency of Canada does not collect information on long-haul truckers

Montreal man believes rough arrest caught on video was racially motivated

Montreal man believes rough arrest caught on video was racially motivated

N.B. police shooting of Indigenous woman leads to questions on ‘wellness checks’

N.B. police shooting of Indigenous woman leads to questions on ‘wellness checks’

Minister says reckoning on police violence against Indigenous people needed

Minister says reckoning on police violence against Indigenous people needed

Most Read