We’re over a month into COVID-19 physical distancing and restrictions. There are a lot of reasons to be stressed and scared. However, thankfully, there are also a lot of reasons to feel grateful as Londoners step up to take care of each other during this tumultuous time.
Brighten up your day with this collection of good news stories, creative endeavours, and general thoughtfulness from the London, ON area from the past two weeks.
Contributing Much-Needed Supplies
London organizations and individuals are continuing to use creative solutions to solve resource shortages for essential workers. Staff from London Public Library printed 3D mask straps to help alleviate pain from extended periods of mask-wearing. Members from The Grand Theatre’s wardrobe and props teams are working to create masks and scrub caps. Meanwhile, local maker Ashley Burt, owner of Wooly Maple, is crocheting handmade mask buddies and is donating them to any essential workers who need them for free.
Thank you to Allan Thompson from @londonlibrary for donating 3-D plastic straps. When you wear a mask all day, it puts pressure on the head and causes friction against the ears. These 3-D printed straps help to alleviate this discomfort. This will make a big difference for staff! pic.twitter.com/fUCkoLcW1Q
— LIHC (@HealthCentre) April 13, 2020
Some incredible Grand Gestures shown by members of our talented wardrobe and props teams busy making masks, scrub caps for #canadasews and #thesewing army. Can you spot any past production costumes? pic.twitter.com/1ZEFiaS2As
— Grand Theatre (@thegrandlondon) April 9, 2020
Spreading the Message to Stay Home
For those of us who can stay home, it’s our responsibility to do so to help limit the spread of the virus. Locorum London created a beautiful video, showcasing London’s empty streets — a sign that Londoners are caring for one another by staying home.
Signs of Hope
Kind signs keep popping up as people share their thanks with frontline workers and remind Londoners to stay home and stay safe. On Richmond Row, Prince Al’s, Brown & Dickson Bookstore, and Grow & Bloom Co. have boarded up their windows to prevent break-ins and have used the opportunity to share some love. Similarily, Trapdoor Escape Rooms on Dundas has used the boards as an opportunity to turn their storefront into a public art project.
Lighting Up London
Londoners continue to light up the night to thank and support frontline workers. The DoubleTree by Hilton London joined the Delta Armouries in showing their love for London, and the London Roundhouse is blue to thank frontline workers. A house in Woodfield uses its lights to share a message with the neighbourhood.
Did a little late evening excursion to express our gratitude to frontline workers in our community.
— David Billson (@dbillson) April 16, 2020
For the first time in its 34 year history, the London Food Bank‘s annual spring food drive was held online, with immense success. Londoners showed up to support those in need, donating three times more than last year.
Hard to describe the immensity of what London has just done. It is unprecedented yet gives a clue as to just one of the ways COVID-19 has actually brought us together instead of forcing us apart. We’re so grateful, London. #LdnOnt #community @LondonFoodBank1 pic.twitter.com/IKip5rbCGN
— Glen Pearson (@GlenPearson) April 15, 2020
A Breakfast Surprise
The Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre dropped off pancake ingredients and a creative outlet for their quarantine thoughts. In addition, the resource centre is collecting donations to provide community members with care packages of fresh food, non-perishables, and hygiene items.
Our afterschool program participants got a surprise delivery this week. Raspberry #pancakes and a journal to document #QuaratineLife We highly recommend making the adults in your life #breakfast in bed 🛌 pic.twitter.com/qJbVkBDtsE
— CrouchNRC (@CrouchNrc) April 16, 2020
Feeding Frontline Workers
Bringing a Little Forest City to Your Virtual Meetings
If you’re working from home, chances are you’re doing lots of video calls. The folks at Tourism London have made it easier for you to bring a little more London to your calls with downloadable backgrounds of popular spots. No more worrying about cleaning the room behind you, just transport yourself to the fork of the Thames or into Museum London.
Missing some of your favourite #LdnOnt hot spots? Download one of our custom Zoom backgrounds to use on your calls! 🌳
Share your local love with us by tagging us in your screenshots to be reposted! ✨💚
— Tourism London 🇨🇦 (@tourism_london) April 22, 2020
Singing You to Sleep
Staff at the London Public Library are doing all they can to still be there for Londoners. For example, they’re hosting live storytimes and offering research support from home. And they’re even singing lullabies to send them to sleep!
Earth Day Kindness
Social distancing isn’t stopping Londoners from cleaning up mother nature. In celebration of Earth Day, Londoners picked up litter in their neighbourhoods and helped make the city a prettier and cleaner place.
Four full bags of garbage later… @aaroncore and I were proud to do our part today, on #EarthDay , by picking up trash in our neighbourhood. Even Gatsby tried to help – when he wasn’t distracted by squirrels. 🌍🌱🌲 #HappyEarthDay #giveback #ldnont pic.twitter.com/bEA12qv7xN
— Caitlin Core (@caitfranc) April 23, 2020
Spring Keeps Coming
Even if life isn’t exactly normal, at least the weather is getting nicer. Spring keeps on coming, with new flowers popping up every day.
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Feature Image Courtesy of Eldon House