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'Inspirational': Italians Hang Baskets From Balconies For Homeless Amid COVID-19 Crisis

The “supportive basket” is a tradition for Italians to help hungry and needy, and seek assistance for the poor from the more privileged section of the society.

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People in Naples, Italy have been hanging baskets from their balconies for the less fortunate and homeless amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to a post by a user named Tom on the microblogging site Twitter, the “supportive basket” is an ancient tradition to help the hungry and needy, and seek assistance for the poor from the more privileged section of the society. The initiative was begun in view of the lockdown, particularly in Naples, which led to shrinkage in the essential supply leaving many hungry for days. The movement then inspired other cities that started doing the same. 

As Italy struggles with over 110,574 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and highest deaths in the world that stand at 13,155, citizens have united to take in charge of keeping their cities safe and protected. Lucarriello, a resident who filled a basket, told the international media that it was important to take care of the vulnerable who desperately waited for state intervention. The resources are overwhelmed, he added. 

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Internet lauds the initiative

Leo’s Tweet gained over 6.3k likes from people worldwide that called the tradition “inspirational”. It was shared 2.4k times to further inspire the other countries to stand in support for the homeless, in need, and neglected population. “The actual Italian name is "Panaro solidale", "panaro" is the basket where you put the bread inside, "solidale" means "solidarity", tom explained the tradition further to some commenters. “Naples has one of the kindest and generous people I have ever met”, wrote a person on Twitter, sending a heart on the Tweet. 

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