The Joy Team enlivens this evening’s commute

One of The Joy Team's handmade signs.

Kids and adults from The Joy Team will perk up today’s evening commute on the northernmost pedestrian bridge on I-5, between Rosa Parks and Lombard. The only agenda is to spread some joy to people stuck in traffic on their commute home before a holiday weekend. The Joy Team will be there during peak traffic hours, 3 to 6 p.m., waving handmade signs with encouraging messages to cheer passing commuters.

Founded in February 2010, The Joy Team is a Vancouver-based nonprofit corporation with the mission of spreading joy, optimism, and inspiration. The Joy Team helps people shift into a positive frame of mind through the power of positive words. In 2010, the team put up 28 billboards with encouraging messages. In 2011, the group headed up a “sidewalk chalk” day involving people in three countries and 22 U.S. states. The Junior Joy Team, for children ages five to 12, was established this year. Learn more at