FREDERICKTON grandmother Kascie Robinson is encouraging Macleay residents to put teddy bears in their house windows to bring joy and reassurance to local children trying to process the COVID-19 pandemic.
The idea of 'putting your bears out' has fast spread globally - from Australia to the States and Japan.
Kascie conceded to the Macleay Argus she was late to the party - or teddy bears' picnic as one might have it.
"It was only last night when I was Facetiming my grand-daughter that I heard about it. She told me I had to put some bears in my window," she said.
"The idea is for children out walking with their parents to see the bears and draw some comfort. But I've noticed not many people in 'Fredo' are doing it, so I'd like to see more get onboard."
The concept of putting your teddies on public display is inspired by the popular children's book We're Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen.
The book's motto - 'We're not scared' - has also resonated for many.
The New York Times has described the display as 'like a scavenger hunt suited for social distancing'.
There have been similar campaigns in recent times in Australia - such as people putting cricket bats outside their homes after the tragic passing of Test player Phillip Hughes, born and bred at nearby Macksville.
The COVID-19 restrictions have also sparked a movement for people to stand out the front of their homes to pay their respects on ANZAC Day.
Kascie said she was probably dealing better than many with home isolation - appreciating the serenity of country life in Frederickton after having to spend two years in Sydney while dealing with cancer and chemotherapy.
"The one thing I miss though is seeing my grandchildren," she said.