Sydney FDC educator makes free craft kits to ease the pain of extended lockdown
Yolanda Wong, a family day care (FDC) educator from the Sydney suburb of Willoughby, has made an effort to ease the challenges families are facing during Sydney’s extended lockdown, creating free craft kits for children to complete from the safety of their homes, as well as “survival” packs for their parents.
Ms Wong is doing her best to brighten the days of those around her, with kindness signs in the window, rainbow chalk drawings on the path outside her home, and gifts of tea, chocolates and candles for families and passers by.
As with many around the world, Ms Wong has been separated from her Hong Kong family for two years, and had the misfortune of losing her grandfather during the 2020 outbreak. Her other business, The Art Cave also folded as a result of the pressures of the pandemic, however these trials have only strengthened her resolve to provide kindness to others.
Her craft kits have been designed to get children away from screens, and create moments of calm and mindfulness within families.
Ms Wong encouraged others to follow in her footsteps, saying that bringing someone a smile “is a relief for all of us”.
Little gestures go a long way, she emphasised, adding that “a little something that can be delivered through my front yard (is) a fantastic way to send love in lockdown”.
“In a world where you can be anything, be kind,” she said in closing.
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