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Posted at 8:10 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 22:16:53-04

BROWN CO. (NBC 26) - A lot of us are stuck looking out our windows during this time of self-isolation. But many are giving people a reason to look 'in.'

"We've definitely tried to take a look in the windows," said Kathleen Neuser and her husband Jace of Green Bay, as they were out for a stroll. "We've seen stuffed animals; we've put up flower boxes that say 'Take time to smell the flowers.'"

During this time of uncertainty, several people are trying to spread messages of love and hope. One of the largest 'group projects' started with the Happy Heart Hunt on Facebook. The group has grown to more than 158,000 members from across the world; several here in northeast Wisconsin. Part of the group's goal is to put hearts up in your windows, to give people a fun game to play as you take a walk through your neighborhood.

"The kids are loving it," said Sarah Jaklin of Green Bay. "We walk and sing 'Going on a Bear Hunt,' and they point out all the hearts. They just have a blast looking for them."

It should be noted that you do not have to be the most creative person to put up a display. The effort is just a sign to show we're in this together.

If you do want to see some professional artwork, head over to De Pere.

"We'll kind of do a social distancing art walk," said Green Bay artist Andrew Linskens.

He's working with other area artists to put their work on display along vacant storefronts downtown.

"We're just making lemonade and getting art out there for people to see," Linskens said. "There's a lot of negativity out there, everybody's confused, we're just trying to figure this stuff out. Anything we can do to give that moment of pause for people to forget about what's going on out there, so while they're on that walk they can have that moment of enjoyment."

So the next time you head out for a walk, don't forget to look around. You might not be as isolated as you think.

Linskens adds they are still looking for more people to get involved in their storefront art project in De Pere. You can contact him or Andrew Krans on Facebook.

If you want to see some pictures of Happy Heart Hunters in our area, watch the video above.