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.

A pile of crocheted mask buddies
Crocheted mask buddies to lighten the pressure on ears and faces from wearing masks for long periods. / Photo via Instagram / @woolymaple

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.

Storefronts on Richmond Row are boarded up and painted.
Merchants downtown have animated the plywood boards protecting their businesses with messages of hope. / Photo via Instagram / @gjashewski
a blank canvas that says "Do you have a creative idea for this space?"
Trapdoor London is calling for artists to help paint a small panel on their temporary “canvas.”/ Photo via Instagram / @trapdoor_london
A recycling bin with a sign saying thank you for your essential service
Councillor Josh Morgan included a message of thanks to his waste and recycling collectors. / Image via Instagram / @joshmorganldn
A note of thanks in a car window
A note of thanks in a car window. / Image via Instagram / @heidicogs

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.

the night sky in downtown London with a heart of lights showing on the building.
The DoubleTree by Hilton London shows its support. / Photo via Instagram / @dcbowmanphotography

A message of support in light
A creative use of lights on a house in Woodfield. / Photo via Facebook / Melissa Parker

Breaking Records

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.

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.

Feeding Frontline Workers

London restaurants are continuing to provide free meals for frontline workers, with first responders picking up lunch from Dos Tacos and Barakat Restaurants.

Members of the London Fire Department enjoyed a free lunch from Dos Tacos, supported by donations.
Members of the London Fire Department enjoyed a free lunch from Dos Tacos. / Photo from Instagram / @dostacos.ca
Barakat Restaurant supporting the Middlesex-London Paramedic Services.
Barakat Restaurant donated food to the Middlesex-London Paramedic Services. / Photo from Instagram / @barakatrestaurants

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.

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.

Support Mother nature by cleaning up litter
Wortley Village is a little cleaner thanks to this Londoner! / Photo via Instagram / @andrew_capling
Family support for garbage pickup
Picking up trash is a family affair. / Photo via Instagram. / @katherinekrige

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.

Eldon House is pictured with flowers in the forefront
London’s oldest residence – Eldon House – shows off its beauty in the springtime. / Photo from Instagram / @eldonhouse1834
Blue flowers in a field with two logs
A blanket of blue flowers to remind you spring is here. / Photo from Instagram / @janice.forsyth
a tree with white flowers and a piercing blue sky
The trees are poppin’ / Photo from Instagram / @519ontariophotos

Still not feeling better? Be sure to check out the previous weeks’ posts – Part One, Part Two, and Part Three for more good news stories!

Do you have a local good news story or moment of kindness we should highlight?

Let us know in the comments! 

Feature Image Courtesy of Eldon House

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