"And the honor and distinction of the individual consist in this, that he among all the world’s multitudes should become a source of social good."
– Baha'i Writings
From the article in the Concord Journal
To understand Sonia Vader is to understand her faith.
The 13-year-old Concord resident is a member of the Baha’i Community of Concord, which believes the purpose of life is to serve. And in these times, Sonia’s idea of serving is letting those essential workers who are facing the possibility of contracting the coronavirus know how much she appreciates them.
“In my faith we believe that it’s important to (view) the purpose of life as to serve,” the Sanborn student said. “I find it really great that doctors and nurses, and the police and the (postal workers) are doing such a great job and doing such a great service during this time, that I wanted to make sure they were feeling encouraged. My faith has really contributed to help me.”
About two months ago, she started a project called “Circulating the Love.” From her basement, Sonia has set up an assembly line of sorts, determined that every healthcare worker, doctor, nurse, ambulance worker, custodian and assistant at area hospitals receives a personal thank you card for their work and service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She first paints abstract watercolors on paper, cuts them into circles after they dry and then writes an inspirational quote on one side and a unique personal note on the back.
She tries to make 25 cards per day, which takes about an hour in the morning. Each card is different, which adds time to the project.
The first person to receive one of her cards was her postal carrier. A family friend recently helped her deliver 205 cards to Lahey Hospital in Burlington. She even sent some to her cousin, who works as a doctor in Minnesota.
She’s also working on cards to bring to Emerson Hospital.
Sonia said creating these special cards makes her feel she’s doing her part to help those fighting the pandemic.
“It feels really good to know that I’m able to make this change, or that I’m able to bring light to people’s days who are going through difficult times right now,” she said. “They are contributing so much. It feels good to know I can bring them a little bit of encouragement.”
Sonia admits prior to the start of the pandemic she didn’t have the appreciation for doctors and nurses that she does now. Once things return to normal, she says she’ll still find a way to show her admiration.
“I hope this goes on for as long as I have the resources,” she said.