How the Yampa Valley finds the #silverlining in the time of COVID-19 |

How the Yampa Valley finds the #silverlining in the time of COVID-19

We invite people to send examples of the “silver linings” they’re experiencing during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. Please share your stories of random acts of kindness, of people paying it forward, of neighbors helping neighbors, or simply, what made you smile or lifted your spirits today.

To share, tag Instagram posts with #SteamboatSnaps and #silverlinings or email for a chance to see them in print and online.

This story will be updated as we receive additional silver linings.

Local songwriter Jim Spillane wrote this song, entitled “Nothing Like a Big Surprise,” to focus on big unexpected, life-changing experiences in general. It occurred to him that it applied really well to this whole coronavirus thing. His musical partner, Brad Thrower, then just created a video that specifically ties to our current situation.

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Submitted by Celia Dunham

The people on Uncochief Circle in Steamboat Springs have been lighting up this tree for the last several days to give us all hope through these trying times.
Submitted by Larry Schnackenberg

Submitted by Larry Schnackenberg

Sandra Schwindy/courtesy

Concerned and caring friends brought flowers and a card for my dog who is recovering from injuries from an attack on March 23. We will pay it forward.   

Thanks Rex and Darla

Submitted by Sandra Schwindy

Pictured from left are Aislynn Dale, Seth Dale, Breann Dale and Brayden Dale.
Courtesy photo

Local business owners Seth and Breann Dale of Columbine Insulation are stepping up and donating large amounts of the much needed N95 masks to the local community. A feel good story during a time of depressing news. They dropped a box off at my house as well. My daughter and I both have asthma and are considered high risk. Additionally, I was able to distribute masks to family members across the U.S. who were unable to get a mask.

The Dales recently took over the full operations of Columbine Insulation after Breann Dale’s father suddenly passed away in December. His name was Jerry Wooldridge, a respected member in the local construction community. His planning ahead before his passing created an opportunity for his daughter and son-in-law to make these generous donations in a time of need. The mask’s were donated to the Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Mountain Station and will be distributed according to need.

Submitted by Travis Mathey, Steamboat Springs

Positive message from my grandchildren

 I live in senior housing, and I am practicing social distancing from my family. A very hard thing to do. But my grandchildren wanted to “bring a little sunshine” to the whole community and as you can see, they made bracelets for everyone and little cards of encouragement to hang in there, wash your hands, smile. This thoughtfulness at this time is really needed, and I am grateful that the children get it. I am so proud of the kids. Everyone needs a hug, even virtually.

Beth Loadman

Homeschool project

Just a photo of the “homeschool art class” with my kids….they wanted to join the world of hearts campaign and radiate some love and light in our little mountain town. 

Jenny Magill-Strilzuk

A good sign

Lindsey Reznicek/courtesy

This sign was on a light pole near the Medical Office Building as you drive back to the emergency department at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.  

Lindsey Reznicek, communications specialist with UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center

Silver Lining

Ethan Summers
Courtesy photo

My Silver lining is that times like this bring families and communities together, even if we are all apart. I get to play with my brother Jack, and have been getting to know my little sister Edie better. My Dad is working from home, and now he is home and making us all breakfast. Times like this can help you grow as a person, think of new ideas, and get some rest. I have been using this time to read all the books in my room I haven’t read yet. I’ve also been getting fresh air, and am excited to play the game Clue with my parents. 

By Ethan Summers, third-grader at Soda Creek Elementary School in Steamboat Springs

Garden of hope: A community challenge

Do you love the vibrancy of our Routt County summers? Do you have a piece of cardboard, paper or canvas going spare in your house, and a window you can see from your driveway or road? 

Even if you feel like you don’t have a creative bone in your body, you can do this.

Let’s share a message of support and brightness to each other while we are at home. Grab a crayon, paint, fabric, scrap paper or whatever you feel like and make your own depiction of a garden. It can be one flower or tree, to a whole mass of them. Homeschoolers, go wild. 

Place your creation in a visible window and bring a smile to our support workers as they drive to work, your neighbor when they look out the window, nip to the store or walk the dog. If no one but you sees the window, you’ll be reminded we are a community in this together. 

Let’s plant our own garden of hope. Feel free to share the images and we can spread the love. 

Suzi Mitchell, Steamboat Springs

Springtime cheer

I am a resident of Selbe senior housing. I received at my door two days ago a kind gesture from a local mom and her daughter. It was a mason jar full of beautiful flowers and a note. It was a gift of kindness, love, and hope.

Paula Loveland

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