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eens Launch Hotline for Isolated Seniors to Listen to Pre-Recorded Jokes, Stories, and Messages of Hope

As a means of entertaining lonely adults during the novel coronavirus outbreaks, a team of Canadian high schoolers created a hotline that plays pre-recorded messages of positivity.

The Joy4All project was launched by students from the Ever Active Schools recreational leadership program run by the Calgary Board of Education.

The youngsters say they created the free hotline as a means of comforting quarantined seniors across North America. However, people of all ages are encouraged to dial 1-877-JOY-4ALL in order to enjoy the regularly updated selection of jokes, stories, guided mediations, and educational messages.

Since the hotline launched earlier this week, the youngsters will now be updating the pre-recorded content until June; although if social restrictions continue throughout the summer, then the teens hope to continue adding to the phone selections until adults are free from self-isolation.

“A lot of folks who are in isolation are really missing their families right now,” Ever Active Schools 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.”

Youngsters are also encouraged to submit their own messages and recordings through the Joy4All website.

“Children and youth can submit their own written messages, content, and even recordings!” reads the website. “We encourage kindness, creativity, and diverse messages of joy, especially for our Indigenous elders in isolation as well as seniors who are newcomers, immigrants, and refugees.”