Chilliwack shares uplifting images in attempt to bring smiles to faces during COVID-19 pandemic

“When the virus is gone, we will go to the pool.” (Jenna Hauck)“When the virus is gone, we will go to the pool.” (Jenna Hauck)
“She said yes!” (Tim Ryall)“She said yes!” (Tim Ryall)
“Camping in our backyard.” (Ashley Irvine)“Camping in our backyard.” (Ashley Irvine)
Dinosaurs roam downtown Chilliwack. (Jesse Derrick)Dinosaurs roam downtown Chilliwack. (Jesse Derrick)
“Fresh air after you drive until you can’t see people anymore.” (Tina Kalnow)“Fresh air after you drive until you can’t see people anymore.” (Tina Kalnow)
“My 12-year-old son wanted everyone to know.” (Jennifer Folk)“My 12-year-old son wanted everyone to know.” (Jennifer Folk)
“Did a little sidewalk chalk art ourselves.” (Kate Firth)“Did a little sidewalk chalk art ourselves.” (Kate Firth)
“Making more music with my husband.” (Leah Reimer)“Making more music with my husband.” (Leah Reimer)
“My husband and I are creating holiday pictures. For this one we donned blue rain ponchos, turned on our shower, sat on the edge of the tub and pretended we were on the Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls. We’re thinking Parisian bistro or African safari next.” (Carolynne Brownlee)“My husband and I are creating holiday pictures. For this one we donned blue rain ponchos, turned on our shower, sat on the edge of the tub and pretended we were on the Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls. We’re thinking Parisian bistro or African safari next.” (Carolynne Brownlee)
“Self isolating in the bush.” (Jennifer Martin)“Self isolating in the bush.” (Jennifer Martin)
“Mary sends love to the neighbourhood.” (LM Ttens)“Mary sends love to the neighbourhood.” (LM Ttens)
“Today I choose joy.” (Katie Anderson)“Today I choose joy.” (Katie Anderson)

There’s no question the public has been hit hard with an onslaught of dismal news as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

We are being told to self isolate to prevent the virus from spreading, and that solitude has been difficult for many.

In an attempt to lift people’s spirits and bring smiles to the faces of people in Chilliwack, The Progress put a call out on Facebook on the weekend asking its readers to share images of what has kept them going during this dark time.

You can see some of those images in the above gallery.

Last week, one Chilliwack man created a Facebook group called Coronaoke, a page dedicated to in-home karaoke performances.

READ MORE: Karaoke hits high note on Facebook thanks to Chilliwack man

In Maple Ridge, heartfelt messages were written on the sidewalk in chalk thanking the staff at Ridge Meadows Hospital for their hard work.

READ MORE: Chalk it up to positivity

Whatever folks are doing to help brighten the lives of others right now, keep it up, because right now we can all use a smile.


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