Bedford residents and families have been quick to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic in somewhat unexpected ways. From a display of holiday lights on Wednesday evening to handcrafted masks for healthcare workers, and scavenger hunts, there is a lot going on.
Let There Be Light ~ 7 pm on April 1
At 7 pm on Wednesday, April 1, windows, driveways, and paths will twinkle with candlelight at homes around Bedford. Based on a wider program (it’s also taken place recently in a neighborhood in Belfast, Northern Ireland), Kelly Elliott Giaquinto has been promoting it in Bedford.
Some families will display holiday lights, and others will put out the candlelight luminaria that create Bedford’s sparkle on Christmas Eve.
Luminary kits are available at Chip-In Farm, and a portion of their purchase price benefits the Bedford Minuteman Company Foundation in its purchase of history-related books and book sets for Bedford schools (click this link to learn more about this year’s gift!)
Making Fabric Face Masks
There are at least two large-scale protective mask-making projects. The first to surface came from First Church of Christ, Congregational and led by Becky Mantz. A dozen seamstresses have completed more than 200 masks for healthcare providers. The cotton masks have been sent to a Boston agency that provides adult and day health programs, services to families and children, along with addiction support, and a local labor and delivery unit.
Bedford High School freshman Danielle DiGangi has always loved to sew and, with a bit of help from her family, has completed more than 100 masks. “We can all help out in some way,” DiGangi said. Her masks have been donated to local nurses and physicians, as well as hospitals.
Elastic for the mask’s earpieces is in short supply. Readers who have some to share are encouraged to email email@example.com so we can connect you with the makers.
Creating Family Fun
Molly Gilarde wrote about “scavenger hunt” projects where families can walk or drive through Bedford and locate special items. Gilarde wrote about Rainbow Windows, Fletcher Road’s ‘Joke of the Day’ and the Bedford Family Connection Hunt last week (ICYMI, click this link to read the article). And a Teddy Bear Project has added to the fun.
Click this link to see the map of Rainbow and Bear locations
or click on the map below to open it up and set a walking route, or go for a ride!