Bears in neighborhood windows? I thought we were in quarantine. You may have noticed bears appearing in neighborhood windows over the past few weeks. The Old Northside Neighborhood has been participating in a nation wide social distancing activity called the Bear Hunt.
A few weeks ago neighbor Gwen Chastain noticed a friend who posted about the bear hunt activity on social media. Her friend lived in Seattle. Gwen thought it would be a great idea for her four-year-old twin boys and other children in the neighborhood as many are feeling a little cooped up these days. She texted some neighbors and they were happy to participate.
Over the next few days neighbors posted paper bears and teddy bears in windows for children to find. There were over 30 neighbors that participated by posting a bear in their window. Some have gotten creative with multiple bear displays and some have changed their bear locations so children can find them over and over again. Many downtown neighborhoods have begun to participate along with others across the country.
The Chastain twins were excited to wake up and go on their bear hunt adventure. During this time of quarantine these small activities keep our days feeling positive. It’s also a good activity for children to work on numbers and counting, although, you don’t have to be a child to enjoy. Many neighbors have shared their enjoyment of seeing the bears and the neighborhood participation during their daily walks.
The bear hunt information was posted on the Nextdoor App and WRTV channel 6 news reached out to Gwen to feature this story during their community spotlight segment of the evening news. With lots of tough news these days, Gwen knew it would make for a nice story and agreed to be featured. However, to the Chastain family it was more than just featuring the bear hunt activity, it was about featuring our incredible neighborhood and neighbors who have been supporting one another throughout the quarantine and beyond.
“It goes to show you how wonderful our community is when you ask neighbors to help and they jump in overnight. This is just a small symbol of joy that goes a long way. It is important to me as a parent to raise our children in this supportive environment. We are blessed to live downtown and even more blessed to be a part of the Old Northside neighborhood. “ Gwen said.
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