Another week of social distancing. Another week of uncertainty. Thankfully, there’s also another week of kindness and caring from Londoners.
Brighten up 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.
A Show of Support for Frontline Workers
On Wednesday, April 1, emergency responders from Middlesex-London Paramedic Service, London Police Service, and London Fire Department organized a parade outside London Health Sciences Centre’s hospitals to lift the spirits of health care workers.
Today, @MLPS911, @lpsmediaoffice, and @LdnOntFire have joined efforts to participate in an emergency services “We are in this together” parade/convoy outside LHSC hospitals, in an effort to lift the spirits of our frontline health-care workers, and to convey their support. pic.twitter.com/ULEPrUZAFC
— LHSC Canada (@LHSCCanada) April 1, 2020
Lighting Up London
Londoners are using lights to make their neighbourhoods feel a little less gloomy. Whether a front porch or the 20 floors of the Delta London Armouries, some pretty lights are cheering up London.
Donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
With front line workers facing PPE shortages, organizations and professionals that normally use protective masks for their non-emergent work are donating their reserves to those who need it the most.
Looking Out for Each Other
Londoners are using their Little Free Libraries to share more than books with their neighbours. Generous neighbours are adding some essentials to those who may not be able to afford them or go out and get them at this time.
Highlighting Strong Women
Ward 13 Councillor Arielle Kayabaga is hosting nightly Instagram Live sessions called #ConvosWithArielle where she chats with women from different leadership positions across sectors. Past Guests have included Pillar NonProfit Network’s Executive Director Michelle Baldwin, author and placemaker Jay Pitter, and Ward 5 Councillor Maureen Cassidy.
Lots of signs have been popping up in windows, on sidewalks, and on hydro poles throughout the Forest City. They remind us that we will get through this challenging time and that kindness will prevail.
Get Your Dog Therapy Virtually
The pups with St. John Ambulance London Middlesex Therapy Dogs have gone virtual! Their new YouTube channel gives you the opportunity to enjoy some doggone cuteness where you can get to know some of their therapy dogs.
Plus, they’re also reaching out in real-time online to those who use their services with tools such as Facetime or Zoom.
Singalong with Your Local Librarian
Your librarians and library staff miss you just as much as you and your kids miss them. They’re finding creative ways to continue to serve the community, despite their doors being closed. Sing along with them and find resources you can use from home over on their Facebook page.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
With many people having more time on their hands and wanting to get out of the house (while maintaining physical distance), more Londoners are getting to know their neighbourhoods and neighbours and they walk and explore.
Bringing Art Home
London artist Steve Tracy is hosting paint-along sessions each Monday at 1 pm via Facebook Live. Can’t join in during real-time? Visit his Facebook page to find the recordings. Follow along at your own pace and learn professional techniques and tricks. Do we have London’s own Bob Ross?
Spring is Not Cancelled
It might feel like everything is cancelled or postponed right now, but thankfully mother nature is reminding us that spring isn’t cancelled.
Still not feeling brighter? Be sure to check out The Good Among the Bad: Stories of Kindness, Support, and Art Across London – Part One from last week!
Do you have a local good news story or moment of kindness we should highlight?
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Feature Image Courtesy of St. Joseph’s Health Care London