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People are decorating their homes with hearts, rainbows to spread hope

Posted: 8:18 PM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 20:18:51-04
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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — People in the Tampa Bay area are decorating windows and sidewalks with hearts and rainbows to spread hope in their communities.

"People have to stay apart but our hearts should stay together," said Mason Bunch, who lives with his family in Brandon, FL.

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Mason wrote that message on a sign he made. He and his brothers are trying to spread hope with hearts.

"It's a chain reaction, it starts out with one person and everyone else starts to join in," said Mason.

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Jennifer Bunch helped her sons decorate their windows with paper hearts. Then, they took a picture and posted it to the Facebook group "A World of Hearts." (#AWORLDOFHEARTS)

People all across the Tampa Bay area are sharing hearts, sidewalk messages, even decorating their homes all for the same reason.

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"Hope, that everything is going to be OK," said 12-year-old Ava Vatter.

That’s why you’ll see rainbows all over the Manatee County community of Lakewood Ranch.

"I just thought this would be a good idea to brighten things up and put a smile on everyone’s face," said Katie Flesché.

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Flesché started the Facebook group "Rainbows around Lakewood Ranch. Now, the whole community is getting involved covering windows, palm trees, signs and sidewalks with colorful messages of hope.

"We just wanted to give people something to look at and brighten their day when they’re on their walk," said Vatter.

The community says their goal is to inspire others and let everyone know that we’re in this together.