Neighbors starting leaving uplifting chalk drawings in their community to help spread cheer amid the coronavirus outbreak.

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Neighborhoods across the Valley are finding ways to cheer up their fellow neighbors while keeping the kids occupied and practicing social distancing.

"I try to make things fun and exciting, so I put the life cycle of the ladybug for kids to come walk by," said Regine Baffert. "As far as adults go, I try to brighten up their day with a little humor. We have some 'Wu-Tang' graffiti, but it's actually all abbreviations on what to do to protect yourself and your loved ones."

Baffert is using sidewalk chalk to entertain the families in her neighborhood while also spreading messages of hope and important reminders.

Some of the phrases on the sidewalk include "be happy" and "self-care" and "keep calm."

"We can't control everything, so we need to just focus on the things we can control, whether that be with your family--keeping a safe, happy, positive attitude even when it's really hard, makes all the difference," Baffert said.

Neighbors in Ahwatukee have started a "bear hunt" where homeowners place a teddy bear in their window or on their porch for children to count when they're on walks with their families.

"They're in the windows or somewhere outside for the kids to drive around, and they can find the bears as a social distancing game," explained Traci French. "High spirits for everybody else too, so stuff like the stuffed animals, I think it makes everybody happy, not just the children."

 

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