22 March
During uncertain times, Kiwis have a great way of taking care of each other and offering their support in ways that strengthen their local community. We've heard stories of all sorts of amazing Aucklanders checking in with loved ones, buying food and supplies for those in need, or simply doing their bit to ensure that the spread of COVID-19 is prohibited. There are many wonderful ways to help your community, as there have been in times of crisis and conflict past.

During World War One, in the close-knit community of Birkenhead, geographic isolation meant that families were bound together, as the roads were notoriously rough and access to and from the area was primarily by ferry. As men left for war, their friends and families at home were determined to contribute to the war effort. Women quickly set to work knitting socks and sewing hussifs for "our boys" at the front. Fundraising initiatives were organised to support soldiers, their families and refugees from war torn countries. Communities rallied together to make sure men from their district received regular mail. School children frantically wrote cheerful letters to soldiers. The Red Cross and other patriotic societies coordinated district and nationwide fundraising initiatives. These ranged from donating proceeds from the sale of fresh produce to grand events and performances.

One of the most incredible community carers was Mrs Alice Mickle, who co-ordinated ongoing care packages and gifts for soldiers and hospitals. You can read about her efforts below.

What's something you or someone you know has done to support their community in this time of crisis? Let us know in the comments!

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