At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, hearts, rainbows and messages of encouragement popped up in windows around Kamloops and elsewhere.
A walk down the street alone didn’t feel so lonely for some, thanks to the subtle reminder of others in the community enduring similar isolation.
Now, with case counts on the rise and with darker months ahead, a Kamloops city councillor would like to take that idea and replicate it this holiday season — with Christmas lights.
Coun. Sadie Hunter has put out the challenge to neighbourhoods to light up their streets “with the idea of lifting spirits during darker days.”
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“I think it could be something that neighbourhoods might benefit from and could enjoy,” Hunter said, noting current gathering restrictions may be extended and daylight is decreasing.
Hunter cited health orders restricting events and gatherings, including the annual Seniors Light Tour in Kamloops. Last year, the event involved hundreds of local seniors. This year, it’s been cancelled.
Hunter said she has been out walking and noticed Christmas lights in the community. She pointed out it is safe for people to hop in their vehicles and explore neighbourhoods from the safety of their own vehicle or by foot.
“I had the thought come to mind, I wondered if it would be possible for us to advocate or even plant the seed of an idea with neighbourhood associations to have a bit of a friendly competition in neighbourhoods with lights,” she said.
The Sagebrush Neighbourhood Association is among those known for putting on spectacular light displays, including the Edwards’ house at Sixth Avenue and Pine Street and an inflatable display on McMurdo Drive.