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Family's message of love inspires the neighbourhood

Family's message of love inspires the neighbourhood

One family’s generosity is inspiring kindness amid the gloom of the coronavirus pandemic

It began when Rachel Ross was left contemplating empty shelves while shopping for ingredients for daughter Ruby’s birthday cake.

“I couldn’t find any of the things that are usually there – the self-raising flour was gone,” Mrs Ross said.

“I’d heard about what was happening but really couldn’t believe it.”

At home, the family decided they had plenty of ingredients to fashion a tasty cake for Ruby but wondered how others might cope.

“We’d been talking a lot about fear and how that affects all the actions and reactions to what’s happening in society and to buck that trend … teach the children to love,” she said.

“It just sparked from that, that we wanted to offer something to people.”

The Ross children – Holly, 8, Summer, 6, Toby, 4, and Ruby, 3 – set up their own stand in the front yard, offering food and grocery items from their pantry for free, produce from their grandpa’s orchard, and books for local children.

“It’s an ongoing little project and it’s really fun; it makes people smile. It’s exciting to see the kids take ownership of it,” Mrs Ross said.

That message of love has now hit the streets, literally, and it’s spreading.

“What we do see down our street is a lot of chalk drawing on the sidewalks,” she said.

Mrs Ross said they’ve also joined in and started leaving chalk-written notes on the pavement.

“It’s nice to share a little bit of joy,” she said.