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Calgary Sr. overcomes loneliness by spreading simple gestures of love – Calgary

Helen Jusic, 84, has called the Calgary Ward Bridgeland home for nearly 35 years.

But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she felt lonely and isolated in her home. As a person, she longed for connection.

“I felt like a bird in a cage and thought, ‘What should I do?'”

She went out to find happiness and discovered that she had something extraordinary to give. Her daily routine includes an hour to spread joy in her neighborhood.

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Every day she stands at an intersection near her house and wishes countless strangers all the best. She blows them kisses, sends them air hugs and tells them, “I love you.”

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“I never thought that something like this would happen. When I was young I was introverted and shy and somehow I survived, and now I can’t believe that’s me, ”Jusic said.

“I can only cry, gosh. I have to thank god. Only God can arrange this. “

Helen waved at the corner.

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She said her simple gestures of love removed her fear and loved an entire community.

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“I didn’t know it was going to be that meaningful. It spread like a virus, ”said Jusic.

Kerry Bennett lives nearby.

“We miss each other and we hug and I saw Helen and got the hug I needed,” said Bennett.

Eileen March works down the street and spots Helen every night.

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“For me it’s a ray of sunshine in a difficult year. It’s just a pleasure to see her out there every day,” said March.

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Deb Lee has known Jusic for years.

“There she is, this little woman. It’s not about them; It’s about her hugs and just her warmth, so this is Helen, ”Lee said. “I think she is a wonderful representative, a guiding angel.

“I think there is a wavering and a smile in all of us.”

Jusic plans to continue her ritual as long as she can.

“When people answer me and most of them do, I feel overwhelmed,” said Jusic. “A gentleman brought me a rose and I watched The Bachelor on TV and thought, ‘Gosh, I got the rose from a nice gentleman.'”

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