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Send a virtual hug through good deeds

From a small gesture to a full-fledged parade, those in the Mid-Ohio Valley have been finding ways to hold events and bring cheer in new and inventive ways.

There’s the American Legion in Beverly, which decided to turn its annual Bunny Hop 5K into a virtual race rather than just canceling the event, which raises money for the Beverly Volunteer Fire Department and Beverly-Waterford squad. Participants can register, set their own course and still participate in a healthy activity to raise funds for a good cause.

Area churches that hold weekly free meals for the community are finding ways to still provide the service, through drive-thru and takeout options, and dedicated volunteers.

The staff of Putnam Elementary School held a parade through the streets of Devola last week to give students, and other residents, a reason to smile.

Let’s learn from these examples. These are anxious times, but instead of focusing on fear, let’s put our energy toward doing the community outreach that we can.

Maybe it’s visiting the residents of nursing homes through the windows, as the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has been doing. Maybe it’s making much-needed health care supplies. We all have a way to contribute and we’re seeing our community members do that every day. It makes us proud to be part of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

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