Home is where the hearts are: Community movements in Sask. share love from a distance
Plastering homes with hearts, capturing family photos among the ways people are reaching out
In a time of uncertainty, as cases of coronavirus continue to rise in Saskatchewan, residents are finding ways to connect with one another from afar.
Whether through paper hearts or photographs, people are trying to reach out to each other.
Heather Getz is the woman behind a Facebook page started to share images of hearts around Regina. Getz said she was inspired by a woman in B.C. with a similar page, but Getz couldn't find one locally. So she made her own.
"Watching for hearts on people's houses makes you feel connected and it gives the kids something to watch for, too," Getz said. "I hope it helps them to feel connected and then they're not all alone right now. Social isolation can be a tough thing for people."
Getz said there are hearts of every size and colour and some made to look like stained glass.
Getz said the social movement is happening across Canada.
"There's still joy and there's still hope," Getz said. "I want people to remember to stay strong and to stay healthy and that even though we're physically apart that we are all together."
Meanwhile, photographers are visiting people's homes, from a distance, and capturing happy moments of families and individuals on their doorsteps.
"I won't be intruding on anybody's space, but it also is meant to spread some cheer and pretty much just make a memory of what's happening in the world right now," Lexi Larson of North Battleford said.
Larson said people sign up on her Facebook page, then she texts them when she arrives. The families or individuals come out onto their front steps and have some images taken. Instead of payment, Larson is asking people to spread kindness either through donating to a charity or being kind to their neighbours.
Nicole Ehman of Focus 22 Photography — in the Craik and Davidson, Sask. area — started up the same project locally. She first heard about it from an article by NBC Boston.
"I am also a huge history buff and think it would be extremely cool to have photos that document these days, for not only us to look back on, but those in the future as well," Ehman said.
For other photographers looking to participate, Ehman suggests asking people to make donations to charity and keeping a safe social distance.
"There will always be people who might try to push that envelope on physical distancing," she said. "It is paramount to maintain distance in order for us all to do our part in flattening the curve."
Messages of Hope
In Saskatoon, some friends of patients have taken to holding up signs to share messages at the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital.
Others are writing messages of hope or positivity on sidewalks in different cities.