For Exchange Day 2020, AuPairCare au pairs in New York participated in a card-making event with their host children to show their support of healthcare workers and COVID-19 patients in the hospital. The au pairs and host children worked together at home to create lovely Thank You cards to doctors and nurses, as well as get-well-soon cards to patients battling this virus. These cards will be mailed to local hospitals in the North and South Carolina area. Area Director Ann who held the Exchange Day event commented, "Our au pairs and host families are eager to support those in need with little acts of kindness”. This was a wonderful way for our participants to learn the value of taking action to show compassion for others, especially when the world needs it most.
Au pair Sarah from Brazil stated, "It was a really nice moment with my host kid. She already understands what is happening in the world, so I think it's necessary to explain how people are having their lives affected because of the virus and how important the doctors and nurses are at this moment. It is just a little card, but I know that it can make someone's day happier."
Maria, a Chilean au pair, commented
I feel very lucky to have such a wonderful host family who makes me feel like a family member. My host child Morgan and I enjoy making crafts and she amazes me with her creativity. She is very generous and helpful with her younger brother. I always reinforce the values of sharing and helping others.
This project emphasizes the important values that AuPairCare stands for, which is showing empathy for others and to lend a helping hand, even if it’s a small gesture to brighten someone’s day. Through cultural exchange, our participants and host children stay united during these challenging times.