Canadian Students Start Hotline To Support Lonely Seniors In Quarantine.

Self-isolating because of the novel coronavirus can get lonely, especially for seniors.

Because in-person visits are out of the question right now, many elderly folks are missing their loved ones. Thankfully, they can still hear a friendly voice whenever they pick up the phone, and it’s all because of a smart group of Canadian teenagers!

elderly woman phone call

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Calgary high school students enrolled in the Ever Active Schools recreational leadership program brainstormed how to help quarantined seniors feel less alone.

Together, they launched the Joy4All Project, a free hotline for older people to call when they need their spirits lifted. All they have to do is dial (403) 209-4300 or 1 (877) JOY-4ALL to listen to prerecorded stories, poems, positive messages, meditations, and even jokes!

The selection is updated regularly, and anyone interested in helping out can submit recordings on the project’s website. Families at home are also encouraged to call in and add messages in different languages.


“A lot of folks who are in isolation are really missing their families right now,” teacher Jamie Anderson told CBC. “So we’re just trying to fill in some of the gaps and bring them a little bit of joy and levity during these difficult times.”

Ali Ahmad, one of the 21 students involved, added, “Through this project, we will be able to show our appreciation to people that are self-isolating and give them something they can always look forward to in their day. Hopefully, it can lighten the mood and help save lives.”

joy4all project

What a fantastic way to provide support (and smiles) to our beloved seniors! The teens will continue adding content to the hotline until June — or later, if necessary. Keep spreading the love!

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