On the memorial of the Saints Joachim and Anne, Jesus “grandparents”, Pope Francis invited the young to perform a gesture of tenderness towards the elderly, especially the loneliest, in their homes and residences, those who have not seen their loved ones for many months. He encouraged young people to reach out to their grandparents. He said: “Do not leave them by themselves. Use the inventiveness of love, make telephone calls, video calls, send messages, listen to them and, where possible, in compliance with the healthcare rules, go to visit them too. Send them a hug.”
In conjunction with this, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life launched the #sendyourhug Campaign. This program invites young people from all over the world to do something that shows kindness and affection for older people who may feel lonely. Young people are invited to share pictures, posts, quotes, and other information on social media using the hashtag #sendyour hug, The most significant posts will be circulated on the social media of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life @laityfamilylife. Learn more here.