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South Portland neighborhood rallies together to ease social distancing for its kids

One South Portland neighborhood organized a "bear hunt" and gave a little girl a happy birthday all to alleviate the loneliness and boredom of social distancing.
Credit: Nikki Dube

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — "We're all in this together" is what everyone is saying to get through the COVID-19 crisis. One South Portland neighborhood is showing the true meaning of those words.

Over the weekend on the Highland Meadows Facebook page, the call came out for everyone to put a stuffed bear in a window so neighborhood children could walk around and look for and count the bears.

Not long after came a request to "show a little love" to one little girl named Addie who was celebrating her 7th birthday. 

So bears were "hid" in windows and birthday signs posted to bring a little joy and excitement on a sunny March Sunday. 

Nikki Dube was so thankful for everyone's efforts to cheer up her daughter who otherwise would have had a very lonely birthday. 

Credit: Nikki Dube
Credit: Nikki Dube

But it didn't end there. On Monday, neighbor Amy Brier had an idea to paint rocks.

Credit: Amy Brier

These ideas are heartwarming and inspiring. Share with NEWS CENTER Maine what your community is doing to help each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We would love to hear about and share them. Your ideas could inspire other communities to reach out during this stressful time. 

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