Apr 21, 2020

Sending a little sunshine

“It’s really hard on some of our families,” said Tamie Peel, owner of Creative Connections, on how COVID-19 is impacting people in the community. That’s where her idea for “Smile Boxes” comes in to play. These painted boxes include a variety of items like games, activities, items for movie nights, face masks and bath bombs for spa nights, and more to help those her agency supports enjoy life and take their mind off the pandemic.

“We’re also sending a note to guardians with a small gift of heirloom seeds, thanking them and asking them to ‘grow love, show love,’” she said. “We’re finding creative ways to connect with others and the people we support during the COVID-19 pandemic and heavily leaning on technology.”

On Easter, a parent shared a recipe for a breakfast casserole that Creative Connection’ staff made during a video call. Another direct support professional set up a “store” in one person’s home so he could shop for things he likes and keep his routine intact. Peel also hosted an online “crafternoon” using Zoom, where they made bracelets out of empty toilet paper rolls and a kindness vision board.
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