Hand-written messages line the windows in late March 2020 at Parlor City Pub & Eatery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

In these exceptionally trying times, as social distancing is encouraged and isolation becomes the norm, tiny signs of hope are emerging.

Whether hand-written messages in business windows or chalk drawings on neighborhood sidewalks, Iowans are extending support to each other in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

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For every message of the reality facing the world, signs of encouragement can also be found.