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Amid COVID-19, balloons bring happiness to the Alexandra Meadows neighborhood

Posted May 27, 2020

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Balloons brought smiles to the faces of Alexandra Meadows kids and their parents.

What a beautiful day it was in the Alexandra Meadows neighborhood when resident Haley Harper filled her garage with helium balloons and a driveway table became a station for making balloon animals.

Searching for some joy of her own during the COVID-19 isolation, she decided balloons would do the trick. She and her fiancé, John, are new to the family-friendly neighborhood and wanted to find a way to get to know their new neighbors while practicing social distancing.

As a former teacher and amateur balloon artist, Harper figured balloons would brighten the moods of the neighborhood’s residents, young and old.

“I knew this would be a great way to get kids and families out of their homes and give them something fun to look forward to,” Harper said. “I have always had an affinity for balloons. They spark happiness, thus the balloon giveaway.”

Equipped with plenty of hand sanitizer, Harper distributed 30 mylar balloons at a safe distance in just a few hours. Kids had fun picking out their favorite characters. The organizers made sure there were plenty of Mickeys, Paw Patrol characters, princesses and smiley faces to choose from. The older kids and their parents also got a kick out of the balloon animals Harper created. She was so busy making the animals that she lost count, but she’s pretty sure she crafted at least 25 that day.

“It was all just sweet, positive, happy and silly, which is just what we all needed in the midst of all the things happening in the country. I think we just needed a break from the sadness and being stuck inside,” Harper said. “We just needed balloons!”

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