Community Spotlight: Neighbourhood Window Walks
Times certainly feel strange and scary (to say the least). With so much going on, it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by the world. At Knix HQ, we’ve been feeling that too. Because of this, we’ve been trying to focus our energy on positive ways that we can impact our community. One of these ways is our campaign to get Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontline workers all across North America. Not only have you helped us raise almost $200,000, but you reminded us that there’s lots of good coming from all corners of the world.
Last week, we asked members of our Knix community to share ways that they’re doing good amongst friends, family and neighbours. Whether that was calling to check up on pals or offering to do groceries for elderly people in their neighbourhood, we heard about so many local heart-warming initiatives that we wanted to share them.
One of these came from Lucy. In her small town Almonte, Ontario, some residents began Neighbourhood Window Walks— in which houses decorate their windows with different themes that not only encourage learning for the kids, but send messages of encouragement to all who walk or drive past. She put us in touch with Kristi Perley-Robinson, who came up with the concept, who told us more about how she got started and why this initiative is important.
Shortly after the announcement that schools would be closed for 2 weeks after the March Break, I saw many posts on my Facebook mom group about window walks to ensure social distancing.
Since Almonte is a small town, I thought it would be nice to make a group on Facebook so we could come together as a town to do this with our kids and community. It was a chance to meet new people (via Facebook and waving through the window), great to get the kids out of the house for fresh air & exercise, plus a chance to incorporate lots of school learning (art, math, reading, etc).
The support for this project has been amazing! It's given residents a chance to continue to be part of this friendly town from a distance.
We have themes set up until the end of April: Easter, Robots, Food, Bugs
Residents have also added bears to their windows or front porch for a bear walk or written in chalk on their driveway/sidewalk with encouraging words, jokes, and pictures.
Thanks Kristi for bringing your own community together! The support, togetherness and positivity of this initiative feels really special. If this idea sparks your interest, a very gentle reminder to practice safe social distancing when walking, and to follow any rules your city has put in place.
Have any ideas to support people in your community? Is there anything you’re doing to make things a little easier for friends, family and neighbours? Let us know at @knixwear. The world is a much better place when we help each other other, and we'd love to hear more feel good stories from your community!