In British Columbia, 6-year-old Callaghan McLaughlin found his own way to make an impact on the pandemic—with jokes from the safe social distance of his driveway.

Instead of selling lemonade, a 6-year-old boy in British Columbia chose to freely dispense moments of happiness to his elderly neighbors. Callaghan McLaughlin of Saanich, British Columbia, set up a "joke stand" at the end of his driveway on Penrhyn Street, where it has been in operation for over a week, CBC News Canada reports.

"There's a lot of stress in the world," the six-year-old said, "and I kind of want to get some smiles on people's faces." 

McLaughlin opens his joke stand each morning at 10 a.m., takes a "lunch break," then comes back to work another shift in the afternoon. Callaghan and his mother (who clearly played a major role in this operation) said most people at least smile or wave.

"Some people need the money for groceries now instead of jokes," Callaghan said of the two's decision not to profit from much-needed humor in these pandemic times. "I want people to save their money for other things."

Six year old Canadian boy at his joke stand
Callaghan McLaughlin operates his joke stand. (Courtesy of CBC News Canada)

Many of the McLaughlins' neighbors are elderly, and his mother, who came up with the idea for the joke stand, says she really thinks these brief moments especially help that community.

“I think it helps them to feel a little more connected, because they’re one of our more isolated community groups,” Kelsea McLaughlin said. “It does bring a smile to people’s faces. It kind of reminds them of pre-pandemic times and kind of doing something fun.”

Callaghan McLaughlin says he gets his jokes from Rob Elliot's Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids, but according to his mother, he's learned quite a few new quips.

Excerpts from the 6-year-old's comedic repertoire, the punchlines always declared with a genuine grin of enthusiasm, include:

  • What do you call a lazy kangaroo?
    • A pouch potato
  • What do you call a bug that’s bad at football?
    • A fumble-bee
  • What's red, white, and blue?
    • A sad candy cane

Okay, that last one has to be an original.

What's the most inspiring act of kindness you've witnessed this week? We're all working hard to stay positive during these difficult times, and a joke or a "thank you" can go a long way.