People.com Human Interest 6-Year-Old Boy Sets Up a Joke Stand to Make His Neighbors Laugh During Coronavirus Pandemic "There's a lot of stress in the world, and I kind of want to get some smiles on people's faces," the young boy said By Claudia Harmata Published on May 3, 2020 07:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Callaghan McLaughlin is putting a smile on his neighbors' faces with his daily joke stand amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. In Saanich, British Columbia, Canada, McLaughlin usually sets up a lemonade stand around this time of year, but due to social distancing guidelines, he and his mother came up with an alternative idea. “I had to think of something that was going to be contactless and cashless, but also had the same sort of community spirit and social aspect that a lemonade stand has,” the 6-year-old's mom Kelsea McLaughlin told CNN. These days, the young boy sets up a stand on his driveway every morning and gives out free jokes for 45 minutes to anyone who passes by and is in need of some laughter. "There's a lot of stress in the world," he told CBC News, "and I kind of want to get some smiles on people's faces." 80+ Heartwarming Stories to Come Out of the Coronavirus Crisis to Make You Smile CBC News Callaghan McLaughlin. CBC News Callaghan gets his jokes from the kid’s joke book titled Laugh Out Loud Jokes For Kids by Rob Elliott, but his mother said he's also learned a few new ones from the people who stop by his stand. “He usually has a pretty high success rate of a joke returned,” Kelsea said. “He has learned a whole new repertoire.” Many of the residents in Callaghan's neighborhood are elderly, and his mother said her son's uplifting joke stand has certainly had an impact on the community. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories “I think it helps them to feel a little more connected, because they’re one of our more isolated community groups,” the proud mother 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.” City of Juneau Launches Joke Hotline amid Coronavirus Pandemic: ‘People Just Need a Laugh’ According to CNN, some of Callaghan's favorite jokes include: "What do you call a lazy kangaroo? A pouch potato!" and "What do you call a bug that’s bad at football? A fumble-bee!" He recently even got a special shout-out from actor Ryan Reynolds, who called him a "hero" on Twitter. As of May 3, Canada has reported 60,502 cases of the coronavirus and 3,795 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins database. They have also reported that 24,921 Canadians have recovered from the virus. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.