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As the number of those infected by the coronavirus nears two million and the news outside remains grim, it’s hard to stay positive. However, if there is one thing we’ve learned about people throughout their thousands of years on Earth, it’s that humans survive because they have each other. Throughout this pandemic, even with orders to stay away from each other, people are finding ways to reach out to one another to tell them that we will all get through this together. Here are ten different ways people are spreading hope during this pandemic.
10. Canadian Hotels are Lighting up Buildings
The hospitality industry is among the hardest hit by this pandemic, but rather than keeping their lights closed, hotels in Canada are instead lighting up at night. Hotel buildings in Vancouver, for instance, are turning on their lights at night in their buildings to form hearts. Buildings in Niagara are doing the same; they are forming hearts using lights in their buildings to send a message of hope and love to their neighbors across the border in the US.
9. Children are Putting Rainbows on Windows
Since schools were closed, children who have been indoors are keeping busy by drawing rainbows and displaying them on their windows. In different cities all across the globe, you’ll see some windows adorned with rainbows and messages like “be brave” and “stay strong.” These message are written by children who want to spread hope and love amidst this crisis.
8. People are Writing Colorful Chalk Messages on Sidewalks
People are using their sidewalks to spread hope and joy during this pandemic. Using chalk, families are making colorful artwork on their sidewalks with messages of hope for their neighbors. Even children are drawing on sidewalks and writing messages like “stay healthy” and “we will see you soon.”
7. People are Displaying Crosses of Hope in South Carolina
People driving around some neighborhoods in South Carolina are seeing more wooden crosses in people’s yards. This is an initiative started by a South Carolina native who wanted to spread a message of hope. They call these crosses Crosses of Hope: Faith Over Fear. They are displayed to remind each other that we will all get through this pandemic.
6. People are Joining the Hearts in a Window Movement
Facebook groups like Hearts in a Window are gaining traction online. They encourage their members to decorate their windows with cut out hearts to help brighten other people’s days and remind them that there is still hope amidst this crisis. Hearts in a Window currently has more than 160,000 members from all over the world.
5. The Italian Airforce Sent a Message of Hope in the Sky
Italy is one of the countries that’s been hardest hit by coronavirus, so amidst the fear and anxiety in the country, their airforce pilots took to the skies to send an uplifting message to their people. Their planes spread the smoke in the sky in the colors of the Italian flag, and people could hear Luciano Pavarotti’s “Nessun Dorma” playing in the background.
4. A High School Choir in California Performed a Popular Song About Hope
The Chino High School Chamber Choir’s concert has been canceled and all students were ordered to stay home, so they went online to perform their rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow to send a message of hope. On their Twitter, they wrote: “With the goal of spreading hope and positivity throughout this difficult time, our CHHS Chamber Singers created a virtual choir to sing with each other once again."
3. Hawaiian Filmmakers are Making Videos About Hope
In Hawaii, 250 filmmakers pitched in to create a short film called “Choose Hope Story.” It’s a short video that’s packed with messages of hope. The filmmakers want to spread a message of hope and joy amidst fear and negativity. The video has more than 39,000 views as of the time of writing.
2. Celebrities are Performing Online to Spread Messages of Hope
Celebrities, who like everyone else are stuck at home, are performing online to spread messages of hope. One of them is Idris Elba, who tested positive for COVID-19. While in quarantine, Idris shared a video featuring his voice reading the poem Don’t Quit by American poet John Greenleaf Whittier. The video shows scenes of frontline workers, families, children, and everyone dealing with the pandemic.
1. Watchmen Ring Cathedral Bell in Switzerland to Spread Message of Hope and Solidarity
Switzerland is among the hardest-hit countries in Europe. In Lausanne, located by the shores of Lake Geneva, watchmen have been climbing the tower of the Notre Dame Cathedral to light a lantern and ring the 16th-century bell. This was a tradition used hundreds of years ago to alert people in case of emergencies. This time, according to the watchmen, it’s done to spread a message of solidarity, courage, and hope.