Everything’s coming up rainbows — and we’re not talking about the ones that appear in the sky.
Kristyn Dayter of Scotia started the 518 Rainbow Hunt Wednesday after seeing a similar initiative in Italy. The idea is for people — children and adults — to hang rainbows in their window. People then ‘hunt’ for those rainbows when out and about, taking walks or ‘drives to nowhere’ during the government-mandated social distancing.
You then snap a photo of a rainbow you find along with the hashtag #518RainbowHunt. You can also photograph your own rainbows and use the same hashtag.
"I saw a couple individual posts here and there in my news feed of people hanging rainbows in their window so I thought 'what if we could put them all in one place and track them on a map,'” asks the mom of a 6-month-old little boy. “And so the group was born.”
Dayter created the Facebook group Wednesday. She went to bed that night with 500ish group members, woke up to more than 1,000.
“The next day it just kept growing so rapidly I think by nightfall Thursday it was at around 3,000 now we’re gaining thousands every few hours,” says the group’s creator.
Now they’re up to more than 55,000 members with dozens of people adding photos of their rainbows every hour.
While people started with simple pictures made from construction paper, paint or crayons, the initiative (and creativity) has grown with people making rainbow balloon "archways," painting their front yards and plastering their bay windows in an array of colors.
“I just wanted to spread smiles and bring people up in this crazy, uncharted time,” says Dayter, who is a typically a dental assistant by day and an amateur photographer in her free time. “I love how this group is bringing good vibes and a great distraction to everyone — kids, and even adults without kids. My 84-year-old grandparents have colored rainbows and displayed them.”
Currently, versions of the rainbow hunt are in hundreds of communities across the U.S. You can join the local Facebook group . Be sure to tag rainbows you find — and those you create — using #518RainbowHunt.
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