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Proctor neighbors sticking together during this time apart

Updated: March 24, 2020 06:41 PM

Ashley Fletcher's five kids have been doing pretty well during this new wave of social distancing. "We live in the country, so we've been going outside. But the kids miss their friends," she told us.

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But they have something new to do. A bear hunt, right in Proctor! And not just bears. Stuffed moose, fish, and even Marshall from Paw Patrol are hanging out in people's windows. The Fletchers drive by, and count how many they can find.

"We thought we'd find five or ten yesterday. But we found 50! It's been so fun, even for me," Fletcher laughed.

Residents are enjoying being able to help their community, even from inside their own homes. They share pictures on Facebook, and know they all pulling for moments of joy.

Down at Troy's Amoco, there are a couple of stuffies in the window. Inside, there's a shelf full of food. The community food table is a way to help your neighbor, from afar. Steve Grabko dropped off a few bags on Tuesday morning.

"I was feeling kind of down yesterday. Then I went for a walk. And then, after seeing this on Facebook, I realized I can help in this way," he said. He also has bears in his windows.

If you want to connect online, there are things like Zoom, which Renee's son Weston was able to try with his buddies on Tuesday. "In these strange times, my first grader has done a meeting on Zoom before me," Renee said.

And, if some of you want more traditional ways to make someone smile, like cards and letters, consider sending them to nursing homes and assisted living facilities, since people can't have family visit in person right now.

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