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A 5-Year-Old Wrote A Letter To An Elderly Neighbour To Make Sure He Was OK During The Coronavirus Lockdown And What Happened Next Is The Sweetest Thing

"I have drawn you a rainbow to remind you that you are not alone."

This is Kiran. She's a 5-year-old from Wolverhampton, UK, who wrote letters to some of her elderly neighbours to check in on them during the coronavirus lockdown — and one particular exchange has now gone viral.

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Gurpreet Tiwana, Kiran's mum, told BuzzFeed News the letter-writing exercise was a task set by her daughter's teacher. She said: "Her teacher asked her to have a think about how she could cheer up somebody that’s socially isolated at the moment because of the coronavirus.

"I had a chat with her about what social isolation was and explained that some people may be feeling sad because they’re missing their friends and family, just like she does."

After some brainstorming, Gurpreet says Kiran thought it would be a great idea to reach out to their elderly neighbours and that she ended up posting out nine letters.

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She explained: "After bouncing some ideas back and forth, she decided she would write a letter to our elderly neighbours just to check if they’re ok and remind them that they’re not alone and it all stemmed from there really."

In her letter, Kiran wrote: "Hello my name is Kiran. I am 5 years old. I have to stay at home because of the coronavirus. I just wanted to check to see if you're ok? I have drawn you a rainbow to remind you that you are not alone. Please write back if you can."

One recipient was 93-year-old Ron who lives at number 24. He was so moved by Kiran's letter that he wrote back.

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In his response, Ron thanked the 5-year-old for her concern and shared some details about his time in the neighbourhood.

He wrote: “I was the first person to move into the crescent in 1955 and I have been here ever since. The situation with the coronavirus is very bad, and we must all do our very best to overcome it and hopefully come out of it in good health again.

“I thought your drawing of the rainbow was amazing and I am going to place it in my window for people to see. I would like to thank you again for writing to me and hope you will be able to be out of isolation soon — from Ron at No. 24.”

Ron’s granddaughter Louisa Smith, 23, shared photographs of their letters on Twitter, and they've now gone viral. She told BuzzFeed that her grandfather had been a "little overwhelmed with it all", but was glad that he had "made people smile."

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Kiran has also been applauded for her warm gesture by people all over the internet, and her mum hopes other people will now feel inspired to write a "rainbow letter."

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Gurpreet said: "The response to her letter has been so unexpected and lovely. She’s received thousands of kind messages from around the world. So many people are eagerly awaiting to see her next letter to Ron. She ended up sending out nine letters in total and each reply she’s had back has been just as lovely and as heartwarming as Ron’s. Her little face would light up with excitement every time we’d tell her that she’s received a new letter.

"We’re calling them #rainbowletters because it just seems fitting at a time when there’s so much darkness and uncertainty. I really do hope it’s inspired others to write a rainbow letter of their own."

While the two families weren't the closest to begin with, their viral moment has created the perfect opportunity to build a friendship.

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Gurpreet has promised that when the opportunity presents itself, she'll be introducing her daughter to her new pen pal.

She said: "When it is safe to do so, I will take Kiran over to meet Ron, but until then she will continue writing to him."





Ade Onibada is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Ade Onibada at ade.onibada@buzzfeed.com.

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