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Not all heroes wear capes, some hand out toilet paper

In the midst of panic buying, supermarket brawls and a nationwide toilet paper crisis, a ‘kindness pandemic’ is taking hold across Australia, with no act too small to be celebrated.

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When Shae and Scott Lyons of the far NSW North Coast went into self-isolation this week, their elderly neighbour took notice.

The couple, who are awaiting a friend of the family’s COVID-19 test result, couldn’t take any chances after potential contact as Mrs Lyon works with children.

“Our lovely elderly neighbour cooked up a mad feed for us,” Mrs Lyon said.

“She texted us to say look out the front, and on the mailbox was a covered foil tray.

“Inside was a freshly cooked batch of garlic butter redclaw!”

Shae and Scott Lyons are in self-isolation this week after a possible contact with COVID-19.Source:Supplied

Garlic butter crab claw baked for the Lyons by their ‘lovely’ elderly neighbour.Source:Supplied

The Lyon’s story is just one of countless warm-hearted acts flooding social media as people turn to support one another during an unprecedented time.

The COVID-9 pandemic might feel like an every-man-for-themselves situation, but not everyone’s behaving like a savage in a supermarket aisle.

Neighbour Cards are being shared on community Facebook pages across the country for people to pop into letterboxes of elderly and vulnerable neighbours, or those self-isolating, while support groups like COVID-19 Mutual Aid Facebook groups are popping up to assist communities, and share advice.

The neighbour card circulating among users on social media.Source:Supplied

But it’s the Kindness Pandemic Facebook group with more than 30,000 members that is helping to ease coronavirus anxiety for many Aussies.

Filled with stories of people giving or receiving help, there are threads dedicated to thanking healthcare workers, acts of supermarket kindness and hundreds of small and large acts of decency — and countless toilet paper heroes.

A reminder we can all do our bit. shared on the Kindness Pandemic. Picture: FacebookSource:Supplied

“I got up at 5am yesterday morn to try and get some toilet paper for myself as I was completely out. Was lucky enough to get a 12 pack, but I left half the packet on the doorstep of my neighbour who’s survived tree strokes, has leukaemia, is on crutches and has absolutely no family or friends and can’t get out to the supermarkets. He was very appreciative and it made me feel good.”

This offer of snacks for a supermarket’s tea room brought the register operator to tears. Picture: Facebook/KindnessPandemicSource:Supplied

“Just went to my local supermarket and bought some snacks for their tea room. Didn’t mean to make the register operator cry! She called the manager over who told me it’s the first nice thing that’s happened since this all started. It doesn’t cost anything to smile and be polite either. Then I went to check on the bakery, fishmonger and deli that we frequent. Smiles all around except for the initial tears

“Yesterday afternoon at child care pick-up I ranted you the teachers about not being able to find any pasta anywhere after 5 grocery store visits and little miss 2 will only eat pasta! Upon arrival to my daughters kindy today her teachers handed me a shopping bag filled with pasta and told me it was a little present from them, I almost cried.”

The gift made by three young boys for staff at Coles. Picture: Facebook/Kindness PandemicSource:Supplied

A thankyou note to staff a medical centre. Picture: Facebook/Kindness PandemicSource:Supplied

“A big shout out to three little boys, Gilbert Elliott and Ollie. Using their birthday money to buy chocolate and a beautiful card to the team at Coles Waurn Ponds. I hope you know how much this means to us at a very crazy time. Thank you so much you are absolute super heroes.”‎

“I’m a manager of a Medical Centre, we are overwhelmed. We are getting called all sorts of things but today I am so thankful.”

A Woolies staffer takes a photo of a thankyou note pinned in his store. Picture: Facebook/Kindness PandemicSource:Supplied

The note pinned to the supermarket wall. Picture: Facebook/Kindness PandemicSource:Supplied

While 24-hour global news about the effects of the coronavirus has become the norm, stories about the kindness of strangers and individuals go beyond Facebook.

These are some small acts from our readers:

“When I had a spare pack of 18 loo rolls I went knocking around my neighbourhood asking the elderly if they had enough. If they didn’t I gave them 2 rolls. Also I stood out the front of Woolworths and gave out some to the elderly.” –

When you can spare a square. An inner West resident sharing her stash with locals on Facebook.Source:Supplied

On a Sydney Pay it Forward Facebook group, there are plenty of offers to help out others, including this generous one.Source:Supplied

“I don’t know the lady and man, however, while shopping for a few items for myself plus some hand sanitiser, baked beans and antibacterial wipes for my 86 year old mother, a lovely lady approximately 65ish overheard me telling the checkout operator that I tried to get the wipes and sanitiser for my mum. After I left he checkout, the lady came over to me and pulled a small bottle of hand sanitiser out of her bag and handed it to me saying she would like me to give it to my mum. I politely declined as I am sure they needed it just as much but I was so humbled by her kind gesture. There are still great people in this world. Be one of them.” –

“A beautiful gesture by people that live around the corner from us in Geelong.” Picture: Facebook/Kindness PandemicSource:Supplied

A young girl pens a thank you note for her local medical centre. Picture: Facebook/Kindness PandemicSource:Supplied

“When buying some basics for my husband and I, a lovely lady was upset she could not afford a huge packet of toilet paper I gave her the money to purchase it. She was floored with gratitude and said what am I going to do with 24 rolls of toilet paper. I suggested it to share it with her friends and neighbours. She smiled said thank you and would just do that.”

Small acts or generosity sometimes make the biggest difference. Picture: FacebookSource:Supplied

“I purchased a 24 pack from Coles. Walking out there was a little old man in front of us, I stopped and asked him how he was doing for toilet paper at home, he said I’m OK for now I’ve got a couple of rolls at home and I’m on my own – I put my pack in his trolley and told him to take it. He was so grateful – even offered to pay me for it. That pack will last him around 2 months I reckon. Not only was it a good thing to do it also taught my children a valuable lesson. Let’s help each other out!” –

Originally published asNot all heroes wear capes, some hand out toilet paper

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