‘Peterborough Shares’ Shows Peterborough Cares

Facebook group connects residents with necessities, support during pandemic

Following the creation of a Facebook group for Peterborough residents to support each other throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Adam Emery says something has become abundantly clear — “there are saints living among us.”

Peterborough Shares is truly illuminating how Peterborough cares about its fellow citizens and its community, Adam tells Electric City Magazine.

The group was originally created by Adam’s wife, Kayti, but as it grew rapidly within 24 hours, he stepped in to help and carry it forward with the assistance of members Vicki Devlin and Matt Wallace.

Peterborough Shares currently has over 5,500 members.

“Couple this with witnessing the floodgate of third-party channels opening to help the less fortunate/homeless and you’ve got a recipe for an incredible community.”

“Prior to its birth, we were talking about how people come together in times of need and how we could do our part,” Adam says about the impetus for the group.

“We had no idea how fast our city would step up.”

Adam’s hope for Peterborough Shares is ultimately to keep citizens from being without essentials in times of uncertainty. He also anticipates the development of new relationships and networks for those who are looking for information and guidance.

He is impressed by what he has so far seen unfold.

“The selfless offers of assistance from countless members to help those in dire need of groceries, thermometers, toiletries and games for children” is one of the best things to emerge so far.

“This is happening on such a regular basis we’ve coined the phrase ‘porch drops’.” Porch drops encompass citizens delivering items of need to the recipient’s home and leaving them outside the residence.

“Couple this with witnessing the floodgate of third-party channels opening to help the less fortunate/homeless and you’ve got a recipe for an incredible community.”

Adam says the uptake of Peterborough Shares reflects how the vast majority of citizens “are of goodwill and intent.

“Sometimes a call to aid is all it takes to help us shine brightest. There are saints living among us.”

He hopes the spirit of the group lives on beyond this trying time.

“I pray the initiative shown through this period carries forward and can remain as an outlet for people seeking help. Although the dynamic may change over time, the message will remain — care, kindness and compassion.”

Visit Peterborough Shares on Facebook.

Meanwhile, stay tuned to Electric City Magazine for more stories about the community-building efforts unfolding locally during the pandemic.

Photo by Natalie Hamilton.

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