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Strongsville man creates 'Unite the Night' event to bring community together during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 7:49 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-29 18:42:11-04

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — A Strongsville man is staying positive through the COVID-19 pandemic, hoping to shine a light with the help of anyone interested in participating in his event.

Thomas Maibauer planned “Unite the Night,” an event where anyone can place a light on their sidewalk, porch, balcony or window to represent the unity between us all during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It's times like this where we all need a little unity, a little peace. Times like this where we could all use a little support from one another. We as a nation need to remember that we are all in this together. This virus doesn't care about our race, our gender, our orientation, our political preference... it is affecting us all. Inconveniencing us all. Driving us all apart,” Maibauer wrote on Facebook.

Maibauer suggested ideas for how to create the luminaries for display, including using milk jugs, aluminum cans, mason jars or decorated paper bags.

More than 4,000 people have already marked themselves as interested in the event on Facebook.

Those interested in participating in the event don’t even have to leave their homes—a perfectly planned event to coincide with Gov. Mike DeWine’s Stay at Home order that goes into effect Monday night.

To participate in Unite the Night, just place your light on your sidewalk, porch, balcony or window on Sunday, March 29 at 8 p.m.

For more information on Unite the Night, or to RSVP on Facebook, click here.