Coloring cartoon by Burrillville artist aims to reduce virus fears


BURRILLVILLE – In reaction to the COVID 19 pandemic and how it is affecting kids and families, local artist and safety advocate Jim Weicherding released a series of coloring cartoons this week, aimed at helping to reduce fear and anxiety for little kids who are hearing and seeing what is happening in their lives.

“Kids and adults can use these messages to encourage flu and cold prevention in the home,” said Weicherding. “It will also help initiate conversations in the home that will have a positive impact on children, teens and adults alike.”

The series was also provided the Rhode Island governor’s office, the state Department of Health, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, LifeSpan Hospital Network, Landmark Medical Center, Rhode Island Academy of Pediatrics, and the Rhode Island State Police, as well as state police and fire departments and family clinics. 

“Flu and cold prevention education and awareness are very important and it’s better to reach out to families without instilling more fear into their lives,” Weicherding said. “The more kids and families we reach the better this works and becomes effective to help keep everyone safer and healthy.”

Readers are invited to print the series below and talk with their kids about maintaining a healthy and safe environment at home.

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