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MIRAMAR BEACH—Two families from a local neighborhood were brought together Sunday through a sidewalk chalk art mural.

The idea for the cross-shaped design came Miramar Beach resident Jocie Arlene Meza.

She said she wanted to give some of the kids in her neighborhood something to create, but the small project became an opportunity to connect as a community while still keeping a social distance.

“I thought they did an amazing job,” Meza said on the sidewalk master piece.

Meza created the beginning phase of the design, outlining the design in different colors.

She reached out to her neighbor Rebecca McCurnin to ask if her children would be interested in finishing it.

After outlining the design, Meza went back inside, leaving brand-new chalk for McCurnin’s four children. McCurnin said her kids were really excited about working on the art project.

The finished result had a mix of different colors on the cross and shooting out from the center of the design .

“It’s definitely helped connect the immediate neighborhood,” said McCurnin.

She wasn’t the only person impressed with her children’s art display. She said cars drove by with people stopping to watch the kids draw.

“I think it’s cool our community is finding a way to connect,” said McCurnin.

After the children finished creating the sidewalk art, their father came outside and said a prayer with them.

“People still remember the power of prayer,” said Meza.