There’s a lot of fear, stress, and uncertainty in the world right now. We could all do with a little levity and kindness.

Lighten your day with this collection of good news stories, funny moments, creative endeavours, and general thoughtfulness from the London, ON area from the past few days.

The Surprise Pizza Delivery

An anonymous donor ensured those at My Sister’s Place were well-fed on Monday, March 23, while also supporting a local business, Byron Pizza

Byron Pizza delivers an anonymous donation to My Sisters' Place
Image via Twitter / @MySistersPlace

City Hall Schoolin’

On Monday, March 23, Deputy Mayor and Councillor Jesse Helmer used Facebook Live to hold an online civics class for London students at home. He went over what services the city provides, decision-making processes, and much more, all while encouraging kids to ask lots of questions. 

Tweet showing a thank you card created after Jesse Helmer's civics class

Making It Easier to Support Local Eateries

Londoner Sameer Vasta created a map of local, independent takeout options to help support local businesses. 

Screenshot of Google Map of local eateries
Image via Google Maps / @vasta

Suggestions or updates can be sent via Twitter @vasta.

Don’t Go Extinct

Local photographer Svenja Christina and her husband had some fun reminding Londoners to stay home and practice social distancing. 

A person in a dinosaur costume holding a sign
Tricera-stop going out / Photo via Instagram / @svenjachristinaphotography

Saying Goodnight

London band Westminster Park released a new song – I Guess It’s Goodnight — inspired by the recent social distancing practices.

“We all struggle to find our ways… search through darkness to find some light”/ Image via Twitter / @W_minster_Park

In the words of songwriter, Steve Murphy, “I wrote this song when the self-isolation started about a week ago… about what we do to endure rough times and push forward to the other side. I needed a song, but it hadn’t been written yet… so I wrote it…”

Heritage at Home

Despite being closed due to COVID-19, several local museums and heritage sites are sharing behind the scenes secrets with online museum tours and videos of educational activities to do at home. 

Image via Facebook / @ArcheaologyMuseum

The Museum of Ontario Archaeology is streaming live on Facebook at 10 am and 1 pm Monday to Friday providing activities and tutorials on basket weaving, pottery, underwater archaeology, and more.

Storytime with Fanshawe Pioneer Village via Facebook Live / Image from Facebook / @FanshawePioneerVillage

Fanshawe Pioneer Village is streaming live on Facebook at 11 am and 3 pm Monday to Friday. Keep the kids occupied while they learn something new with stories and activities!

You can find other museums participating by following the hashtag #MuseumsFromHome.

From Bandanas to Masks

Local maker, Monica Keane, owner of Bandanas4Pups, has switched from making dog accessories to making washable face masks and donating them to vulnerable populations and health care workers to help with the shortage. 

A dog poses next to a pile of face masks
Set of locally made washable face masks / Photo via Instagram / @bandanas4pups

Singing in Harmony – Virtually

London’s All City Choir held its first virtual practice on Monday, March 23. While many regularly scheduled activities have been cancelled or postponed, technology is allowing Londoners to continue to connect.

Image via Twitter / @Mich_Rees

Feeding the Frontline

The Root Cellar, an organic eatery in the heart of Old East Village, has started a Community Supported Organic Meal Program to provide fresh food to frontline healthcare & social service workers.

Feeding frontline workers and supporting small business is a win-win / Image via Facebook / @RootCellarLDN

As of Monday, March 23, Londoners have donated 400 meals!

London Artists Live on Your Device

London Arts Council has partnered with the London Free Press to present London Arts Live Online. Each day, several local artists and musicians are performing live on Facebook, providing a source of income to local artists and entertainment to those urged to stay home.

Photo via Facebook / @SarinaHaggerty

And finally… 

Thank You Messages Abound

Real Talk: We owe a million thank yous to frontline workers and those who are working behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. 

A thank you sign popped up at the Oakridge Arena COVID-19 Assessment Centre this past weekend / Image via Instagram / @lhsccanada

Thank you to the health care workers, grocery store workers, mail carriers, delivery people, pharmacists, maintenance workers, farmers, truckers, IT staff, and so, so many more.

A thank you message left for Middlesex London Health Unit’s Dr. Chris Mackie / Image via Twitter / @Healthmac

Thank yous are popping up on sidewalks in chalk, on lawn signs, on doors. Have you put up a thank you sign?

A thank you message on a front door in London, ON / Image via Instagram / @homeschoolingstrongandfree

Do you have a local good news story we should highlight?

Let us know in the comments.

Feature Image Courtesy of London Health Sciences Centre.

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