In these strange and stressful times, the internet is full of stories about hoarding and the effect it has on some of our most vulnerable citizens. The opposite is also true, the stories of human kindness and generosity have the power to raise our spirits and remind us that we will get through this. A recent incident involving a Co.As.It. client is one such reminder.
NDIS co-ordinator, Paola Matute provides shopping services for NDIS client, Stephen. After several weeks of empty shelves where toilet paper used to be, Paola became aware that Stephen was using tissues instead. She and fellow NDIS co-ordinator, Bridget Nucifora searched five shopping centres from Chermside to Peninsular Fair but came up empty-handed. On their return to the office, they put out the call for toilet paper amongst their Co.As.It. colleagues.
The next morning, Paola was delighted to find half a dozen rolls of toilet paper on her desk, thanks to the kindness of Co.As.It. staff. She delivered them to Stephen, who was so thrilled, he offered to pay for them!
Co.As.It. has taken every measure to protect its staff and clients and be assured that we are utilising our staff in new and creative ways to ensure that we have the flexibility to meet our clients’ needs. We have withdrawn non-essential services to minimise the risk of spreading the virus and maximise our ability to support our clients who are most in need of support. Regardless of what the future holds, all essential services will continue for our most vulnerable clients.
No dystopian film ever predicted a shortage of toilet paper. We are indeed living through strange and stressful times, but as toilet paper returns to the supermarket shelves, we can take comfort that eventually, this time will pass. Stay home and stay safe and alone, together, we will defeat the virus.
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