Walk around the Ashford Park community in Brookhaven and you’re bound to see shamrocks in windows and Santa Clauses and Halloween decorations in the front yards of neighbors.
Don’t worry, you’re not caught in a time warp. The resurgence in festive decor is part of the community’s “Holiday Scavenger Hunt,” an effort spearheaded by resident Ginny Dunn to bring people together while still keeping them safely apart.
“Like a lot of people, we’re wanting to do our part to flatten the curve amid COVID-19,” she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’re social distancing which also means we’re home a lot and aren’t having a lot of interactions. We thought a holiday scavenger hunt would help us be connected as a community, but at same time keeping, social distance from people.”
As of noon, there were 772 cases and 25 deaths in Georgia from the virus, according to the state’s public health department.
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The scavenger hunt kicked off Thursday, with Dunn asking neighbors to decorate their front yard with holiday decorations.
Residents in the neighborhood would then tally the kind of decorations they saw while they went on walks.
Right now, Dunn’s home is decorated with three different holidays: Valentine’s Day, Easter and Christmas.
Dunn said the reception, especially from children, has been great.
“We haven’t left out house in two weeks except for neighborhood walks. This gives us something to do,” she said, adding residents have gone as far as dropping pins on a Google map to show parents where houses are decorated in the neighborhood.
Dunn said some residents sit out in their driveways and “chalk off social distance areas so that everyone has their own little box.”
Dunn sees the scavenger hunt expanding to sports teams in the future.
“It’s just a funny lighthearted way to have fun,” she said.
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