You could check the new number of cases of COVID-19 in the region for the tenth time today, or you could focus on good news stories of Londoners supporting one another and doing their best to make it through.
We choose happy news! Add some cheer to your day with this collection of good news stories, funny moments, creative endeavours, and general thoughtfulness from the London, ON area from the past week.
Colour Your World
Londoners continued to bring colour to the Forest City through creative ways, whether chalking their sidewalk or colouring their fences to bring some extra pizazz into their neighbours’ lives.
Lighting Up London
Adding to Delta Armouries’ heart, other London landmarks, including Western University’s University College and Alumni Hall, and homes are shining their lights in support of frontline workers.
In gratitude, the lights on University College and Alumni Hall shine in blue. #WesternU offers its sincere thanks to all the #HealthcareHeroes. #WeAreInThisTogether #LdnOnt @MLHealthUnit @LHSCCanada @stjosephslondon 💙
— Western University (@WesternU) April 3, 2020
Elementary and high school students in London and across the province started back at school this week – virtually. Teachers from several local schools wanted to remind their students that they miss them, and they’re still there for them, just a click away.
Construction Workers Show Support
On Saturday, April 4, construction workers led a convoy of trucks through London to show solidarity with frontline healthcare workers. The trucks stopped at several health care facilities, honked their horns as they drove, and carried messages of thanks.
There was a truck convoy down Richmond Street. Not sure if they are showing support for each other & the supply chain that keeps everything running or for frontline workers, either way, I honk in support with you.#ldnont #truckers #thankyou #COVID2019 pic.twitter.com/OwkKUy3e2Q
— Love London Ontario (@ontario_love) April 4, 2020
Nature Puts on a Show
On Tuesday night, Mother Nature put on a show with a thunder and lightning storm, complete with pouring rain and hail. She must have known we’re getting sick of Netflix day after day.
— KneadedWords (@vocame) April 8, 2020
While the rainstorm was entertaining for those safe at home, those who don’t have a roof over their head were cold and wet. If you’re able, help support the organizations, such as the Unity Project, who are supporting those experiencing homelessness.
— Mike_Donachie (@Mike_Donachie) April 8, 2020
Local Meals for Frontline Workers
The Root Cellar, Plant Matter Kitchen, Yoda’s Kitchen, and London Wine Bar are among some of the London restaurants delivering meals to frontline workers. Londoners can donate a meal online, supporting both health care workers and small local businesses.
Steady as a Rock
Pretty painted rocks are popping up all over the city with messages of hope and kindness. Next time you’re out for a walk, take a look around to see if you can spot one – or better yet, paint one and leave it for a neighbour to find!
Never Too Old to Smile
Londoner Frank Davis wants to remind us that there’s still time to smile with a poem he remembers from his youth. The video of the 93-year-old-veteran is popular on TikTok, with over 1.5 million views, 473 thousand likes, and eight thousand comments.
@shannonmccluskieI think we all need to hear this😊-Its back! Lets keep this ##smilemovement going! ##foryou ##fyp ##smilepoem ##inspiration ##healthcare♬ original sound – shannonmccluskie
Locally Made Hand Sanitizer
Old East Village’s Union Ten Distilling Co. has shifted its operations from producing gin to hand sanitizer to help deal with overwhelming shortages. Once they receive approval from Health Canada, they can distribute the sanitizer and support essential workers.
Still not feeling better? Be sure to check out The Good Among the Bad: Stories of Kindness, Support, and Art Across London – Part One and The Good Among the Bad: Stories of Kindness, Support, and Art Across London – Part Two!
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Feature Image Courtesy of Western University