You can love Brea every day, but this year we have four days to show our love by volunteering for an assortment of worthy projects on April 17 and 24 and May 1 and 8.
Perhaps, you’ve participated in Love Brea Day in past years and painted fire hydrants, pulled weeds, organized storage bins at the senior center or dusted artifacts in the Brea museum on one day.
Back then, Love Brea Day started with a big rally at the Brea Civic Center where volunteers picked up and put on their cool Love Brea T-shirts and got in a spirited mood.
This year, the rally will be virtual, said Acting Police Chief Adam Hawley, one of the Love Brea Day organizers. “It will be at 8 a.m. on April 17, he said “but can be watched any time.” He added that Love Brea T-shirts and goodies will be distributed with a drive-thru and posted on the LoveBrea.org website.
Love Brea 2021 will be quite different, and with several non-traditional projects because of COVID-19 regulations. You can choose from many socially distanced tasks that can be performed by you and your children, alone, or with friends within your COVID-19 safety sphere, or pod. Several projects are on the website.
If getting down in the dirt or painting fire hydrants isn’t your thing, how about writing or making thank you notes for first responders or health care workers? Or cards of encouragement for senior home residents or parents of infants in neonatal intensive care units.
Several projects include collecting needed items you can drive up and drop off. For instance, maybe collecting gently used children’s books is something you and your kids can do. Perhaps a service club, church or moms’ group can collect pajamas and jackets for kids to be dropped off at a designated location. You or your group could collect dog or cat food for pet rescues, or hygiene kits for the homeless.
Also on LoveBrea.org are collecting games and puzzle books for senior homes, or dropping off pre-packed, not homemade, goodies for our fire fighters and police.
And don’t forget our super Brea teachers. How about making appreciation cards for the teachers in our district? These “hands on” projects can be spread out over the four weeks of Love Brea days.
Hawley said many of these projects are good for students to gain their service hours, something that’s been really difficult to do during to the pandemic. He also said there would be various sites, even homes, where live broadcasts will be made and posted on the city’s social media sites. Ready to be a star on Love Brea Day and show off your great project?
No free lunch at a Brea restaurant as in the past, but when you and your group are done, have lunch at one of Brea’s restaurants, wearing your Love Brea shirts.
This Love Brea Day may be very different than in the past, but it is sure to bring much joy to a lot of deserving people and fun for many Breans.
Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. She gives her perspective on Brea issues twice a month. Contact her at [email protected]