Norwegian Mom Makes Sure Kids Get Birthday Love Despite Coronavirus Concerns

NEW YORK (AP) — Mona Helgeland was unhappy for her youngsters. Their birthdays have been arising however they have been self-quarantined due to the coronavirus and going to overlook celebrating with family and friends.

So, the Norwegian single mom of two went on Fb teams and requested folks to ship greeting playing cards. She mentioned she has been “blown away by the kindness.” In only a few days since that first submit, she has acquired dozens of playing cards from internationally – from Alaska to South Africa.

“It’s lovely. I began crying,” Helgeland, 37, mentioned in regards to the playing cards that some have posted with drawings of her son’s favourite Japanese cartoon characters, or cows, zebras and hearts, in addition to photographs from the studio the place they make the Harry Potter movies that her youngsters love.

To Helgeland, who has a painful spinal joint dysfunction known as ankylosing spondylitis, the message throughout these unsure instances is obvious: “It’s essential to remain constructive and maintain one another and unfold love, not simply the virus.”

Tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals have been hunkered down Tuesday. International locations throughout the globe shut their borders, and cities locked down, closing colleges and companies to attempt to curb the unfold of the virus, which has contaminated greater than 190,000 folks and killed greater than 7,500.

The virus causes solely delicate or reasonable signs, similar to fever and cough, for most individuals, however extreme sickness is extra seemingly within the aged and folks with current well being issues. Greater than 80,000 folks have recovered from the sickness.

Amid the grim information Helgeland has seen goodness, one card at a time.

“They’re making the trouble, going out of their approach for somebody they don’t even know,” Helgeland mentioned in an interview through videoconferencing. “I’m blown away by their kindness.”

Helgeland lives along with her household in Ålgård, about 300 miles (480 kilometers) southwest of the Norwegian capital of Oslo. The city is finest recognized for an amusement park, its wooden and textile industries, and for being the birthplace of Havard “Kickalicious” Rugland. The placekicker’s YouTube video in 2012 went viral and led to a number of tryouts with NFL groups.

Norway just lately introduced measures to attempt to halt the unfold of the virus, which has contaminated greater than 1,400 folks and killed three within the Scandinavian nation. King Harald V, a number of members of the royal household and a few authorities members have protectively been put in quarantine as a result of they’d traveled overseas in latest weeks.

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