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Vermonters send messages of love, hope during virus outbreak

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At a time when millions are told to stay at home, Vermonters are finding other ways to spread messages of love and hope.

In Burlington, flowers and a message reading "SENDING LOVE" are painted over old political campaign signs. They're pointed at Burlington Health & Rehab, a facility rocked by COVID-19. Multiple people there have died from the disease.

"We couldn't send them a card and we couldn't give them anything," said Brian Cina, a statehouse representative from Burlington. "So, I thought we could make them a card outside the building."

He said a friend who's an artist painted the signs, bringing together different members of the neighborhood to let those inside Burlington Health & Rehab know they have someone thinking of them.

Cina has seen people standing at the signs, waving up at the windows while on the phone. He wonders if they're family members.

"I feel sad for people and what they're going through, but happy that we're able to give people a little bit of hope," he said.

Further south in Burlington, people who live in the Five Sisters neighborhood have all turned into musicians, busting out porch performances with anything they can find: pots and pans, trash can lids, etc.

"We're all pretty chaotic," said Henry Hood.

Saturday at around dinnertime, Catherine Street flooded with the loud clanging, as a way for neighbors to keep their spirits high, even when they have to be apart from each other.

"It lifts you up if you've been alone in the house all day," said Sue Schein. "It just gets your energy up and you can get to dancing and you get to see the faces of people that you really love, that you haven't seen in a long time."

Schein went on to say she thinks that every neighborhood should be doing the same.

Maybe a little noise can silence the constant thought that everyone has at the top of their minds.

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