A woman on Facebook asked Red Deerians to put bears in their windows so parents could take children for a 'bear hunt' and count how many they can spot. Photo via Facebook

COVID-19 in Red Deer: Put a bear in your window so kids can count them

Red Deer woman wants kids to go on ‘bear hunt’

Let’s put a bear in it, Red Deer.

Red Deer resident Sanela Sarcevic is urging residents to put a teddy bear in their window.

Recently, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians have turned on their Christmas lights and displayed the Canadian flag to demonstrate “we’re in this together.”

Now, it’s time for the bear.

Sarcevic said these are challenging days, but how we choose to respond is up to us.

She said on Facebook: “Let’s put a bear in the window so parents can have a break and take their kids on ‘a bear hunt in Red Deer’ and count how many they spotted.”

Sarcevic said she saw a similar post on Facebook and believes it is probably a trend in the U.S. But she figured it’ll help Red Deerians stay positive and give parents and children something to do amid COVID-19.

“It’s an activity for parents – they can take them out for a drive and kids could count the bears, or take them for a walk,” she said, adding as long as they’re socially distant and safe, it’ll give families something to do together.

She said social media engagement is helpful, but sometimes, we need to stay away from our screens – even if it’s just for a little bit.

Sarcevic, who works in social services, said she knows many parents with young children, and knows it’s not easy for families during these isolating times.

“These are challenging times, and I always believe in helping others during hard times. It’s the only thing we can control,” the 48-year-old said.


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