Sydney is again under strict COVID-19 lockdown, and it has been a stark reminder of how cripplingly alone people can be without contact from the outside world.
So a simple, yet heartwarming letter left in Sharon Snir’s Willoughby mailbox has been met with applause online.
“I received this letter in my letterbox a few days ago,” Snir posted to a local Willoughby community Facebook page on June 29.
“Having been unwell for a week and living alone it was the sweetest gesture I could have received.”
The letter, penned by a local Willoughby resident named Millie, offers both physical and emotional support.
“Hey! I hope you and your family are well and safe,” the letter read.
“With another lockdown being announced, I just wanted to check in – I know how important staying connected to people are in times like these.
“I live just around the corner from you …. during the lockdown it can be really difficult for some people to get out of our house, especially our older generation.”
According to the letter, Millie is a healthcare worker who has seen the importance of being there for people during the lockdown.
“I’d love to help, so if you or someone close to you needs any help with getting groceries or shopping or anything else that involves leaving the house, I’d love to help,” the letter read.
‘I just wanted to check in’
“Shoot me a text or give me a call if you need me!”
Snir is thankful that people like Millie exist to help out those struggling.
“What a beautiful person she is.
“She has just taken my dog for a walk and I’m feeling deeply thankful for my wonderful community.”
The post has led to an outpouring of emotion by members of the public.
‘What a beautiful person she is’
“Oh my – that has warmed my heart. And well done you for reaching out and asking for some help – that’s not always easy to do,” one user wrote.
“This pandemic is definitely a nightmare, but some of the reminders of community and humanity were so needed.”
“Lovely to see such great community spirit,” another wrote.