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Look for the Helpers: Social distancing parade, hotel lights up for workers

As our area is faced with ongoing changes due to a growing pandemic, we are bringing stories of people doing good in the community during a time of uncertainty.

Help us look for the helpers!

Peabody Parade

Peabody Charter School held a social distancing parade in Santa Barbara on Wednesday.

Parents and kids drove around the school holding signs and waving to teachers who were standing on the sidewalk surrounding the school.

After, teachers and staff jumped into their cars and drove the bus route to wave to kids who couldn't participate in the parade.

Principal Demian Barnett said seeing the students and their families was powerful and moving and it's a reminder that we are still a community.


A popular clothing store in the Funk Zone called LoveWorn was forced to shut down because of COVID-19, but owner Jill Johnson adapted quickly and is now using her sewing skills to make masks.

The masks, made of vintage fabric, have been sold to local businesses, including the Natural Cafe, Handlebar Coffee and Rincon Brewery.

Johnson said she's been able to source some of her materials from local stores, hired her full-time employee back and is keeping her business afloat thanks to the mask sales.

Johnson said she hopes people continue to support local businesses, and help each other out.

You can order her masks her Instagram page.

Leave a Light On

Hotel California in downtown Santa Barbara is paying tribute to all of the hospitality workers who lost their jobs because of the pandemic.

Every night the walls of the hotel are illuminated in purple.

The hotel posted the images on Instagram with the captions, "We light up for you SB," and "We're in this together."

Know of any other helpers making a difference during these trying times? Send Alys an email and let her know!

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