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North County man rallies neighbors with bell-ringing campaign

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 19:42:00-04

ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) - An Encinitas man is trying to drum up some comfort amid the coronavirus pandemic by making some noise.

Every night at 8 p.m., across the town of Windsor Locks, CT, the sound of bells of all sizes cuts through the quiet isolation. The town is the hometown of Encinitas resident of Rob LaBreche.

"It shows the neighbors are thinking about each other, and that is a positive thing," said LaBreche.

Labreche decided to try to ring in some positivity in his own neighborhood. He posted his plans on the Nextdoor app and early this week, he and his kids got out some pots and pans at 7 p.m. and started making noise.

That night, about five other neighbors joined them.

"To be honest, I kind of felt silly out there banging the pots and pans, but then when you're silent and feel other neighbors doing the same thing ... it makes you feel good and you know we're all in this together," said LaBreche.

Since then, the idea has continued to resonate. He sent us video of his son ringing one of the family's newly-bought bells. On Thursday night - based on messages on Nextdoor - LaBreche believes more than 75 others joined in. LaBreche says the appointment noise making now stretches across several neighborhoods in Encinitas, and even into Carlsbad.

"Just like the coronavirus multiplying in a negative way, I think we can multiply things in a positive way. I think it can be something people look forward to and feel good about," said LaBreche.

LaBreche says he hopes his idea with spread county wide and plans to continue ringing his bells every night at 7 p.m.