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Australian offers free coffee, chat from his kitchen window

In this July 25, 2020 photo provided by Rick Everett, a small table decorated with succulents sits below a window where Everett offers free coffee and conversation to friends and neighbors at his home in Sydney, Australia, during the coronavirus pandemic. (Rick Everett via AP)

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian acrobat Rick Everett lost his job during the coronavirus pandemic. But the crisis gave him time to fulfill a longtime desire to help others in need.

The former chef and restaurant manager is now offering free coffee and conversation from his kitchen window in Sydney.

He also started a communal food pantry and an herb garden.

Everett says he does it just because it’s a nice thing to do and he feels that he’s getting much more in return through conversations and new friendships during a time of isolation and uncertainty.