College Student Uses Stickie Notes to Befriend Elderly Couple in Quarantine Across the Street

Despite being forced to stay inside of her Manhattan apartment amidst the novel coronavirus lockdowns, this college student has managed to strike up a fond new friendship with her elderly neighbors—and she did it by using Post-It notes.

Without anyone to keep her company in quarantine, Lillian Kogan felt spurred to display a message of greeting from her apartment window earlier this month in hopes of getting a response. Using several dozen colored stickie notes, the young New Yorker arranged the Post-Its to spell out the word “Hi!” on her window.

Shortly after Kogan put up the Post-It notes, she was delighted to see that her neighbors across the street had put up a similar message in response.

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Kogan and her neighbors continued to exchange short messages to each other from their windows until she eventually caught sight of them sunbathing on their front porch. Upon discovering that she had been communicating with an elderly couple, Kogan used her stickie notes to ask if they needed food.

Although they politely declined her offer of assistance, Kogan donned a pair of rubber gloves and a face mask so she could make a batch of fresh-baked cookies for her new friends. She then sent the goodies over to the neighbor’s apartment building with a note that included her name and phone number in case they needed anything.

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84-year-old Toni Sonet, who told Inside Edition that she had been using construction paper to respond to Kogan’s messages, said that the exchange has become a sweet source of entertainment and friendship since the beginning of the lockdowns.

“Cookies were delicious,” said Sonet. “It was fun—it felt like the beginning of a relationship.”

This is just one of many positive stories and updates that are coming out of the COVID-19 news coverage this week. For more uplifting coverage on the outbreaks, click here.

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