New lawn signs have been popping up throughout North Grenville displaying a message of hope to all passers by. The signs, which say “Every storm runs out of rain. Wait for the Rainbow!”, were spearheaded by the Oxford Mills Community Association (OMCA) as a way to reach out to the community during this difficult and uncertain time.

OMCA President, Marc Nadeau, says the group has a new, dynamic Board who were looking forward to the many events that they had planned for the spring. Because of COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions, they had to cancel their equinox maple dinner in March, as well as their community plant and garage sale set for May. It also looks like Canada Day celebrations will not be going ahead as originally planned.

The OMCA felt that, with all the cancelled events, they still needed to act in some capacity to bring the community together. The group has around six sandwich boards that they figured they could use to display an inspirational message in the hamlet. Inspired, the group took it a step further, and decided to print lawn signs that could be distributed in the Oxford Mills community and beyond to spread a message of hope.

Local graphic designer and member of the group, Susanne Larner, designed the signs, and 36 were printed by Classic Graphics and distributed throughout the community for $10 each. The first batch of signs went quickly and the OMCA printed another 36. So far, 45 signs have been purchased. The signs are being distributed by arranging curb-side pickup, by phoning 613 258-2094.

The OMCA is subsidizing the cost of the signs, and it is not a fundraising initiative. It is a gesture of goodwill, meant to spread some hope in the community. “It’s to strengthen people’s resolve and give them faith that things are going to get better,” he says.

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