#StayGreater top 5: From car bingo to daily inspiration delivered to smartphones

Friends Caitlin Kunz (in the SUV above) and Mikelle Lyons meet up for Drive-In Bingo in the parking lot of Ivins City Hall, Utah, on April 9, 2020. | Photo by Chris Reed, St. George News

FEATURE — St. George News is making it a point each week to highlight how the Southern Utah community is coming together to help each other through the uncharted territory of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the spirit of the #StayGreater campaign, launched by the Greater Zion Convention and Tourism Office in a call for Southern Utahns to support local businesses, artisans and their neighbors, here are the top 5 stories published in the last week spotlighting the commendable efforts of the community.

Car bingo is Ivins City’s answer to group activity in the age of social distancing

Drive-In Bingo commences in the parking lot of Ivins City Hall, Utah, on April 9, 2020. | Photo by Chris Reed, St. George News

IVINS CITY — At first, it sounded like the typical bingo game. “G-15, G-15….. B-3, B-3,” came out from the caller. But her echoed calls were punctuated by silence broken by the chirping of birds.

Read complete story here.

Taking the ‘Daily Pulse’ of Southern Utah: New virtual therapy system offers inspiration

Photo by Ridofranz/iStock/Getty Images Plus, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — In a time when people are struggling with mental health security, isolation and a bombardment of COVID-19 statistics, a local clinical social worker and therapist offers inspirational texts, podcasts and weekly challenges to elevate psychological well-being.

Read complete story here.

Dixie State University, Atwood Innovation Plaza companies helping with COVID-19 pandemic

Dixie State University premedical students hand out materials for elementary students to participate in experiments at home in an effort to excite youth about STEM so they will become researchers, doctors, nurses and biomedical engineers in the future, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — As the nation continues to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, Dixie State University and several companies linked to the institution’s Atwood Innovation Plaza are helping Utah communities respond to the pandemic.

Read complete story here.

Search for elastic turns into state-wide effort to sew 1,000 face masks for sailors on USS Reagan

US Air Force veteran Carol Riddle sewing masks to send to the USS Ronald Reagan | Photo courtesy of Chesney Galindo, St George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — American Legion Auxiliary members throughout the state of Utah have pledged to sew and donate 1,000 face masks for service members stationed on the USS Ronald Reagan.

Read complete story here.

City of St. George to begin Stay Brighter Campaign to help citizens be ‘active, kind and smart’ during pandemic

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ST. GEORGE — To boost spirits and foster community bonding during the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of St. George has issued a challenge to its residents.

Read complete story here.

Learn more about the #StayGreater campaign here.

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