Human Interest City of Juneau Launches Joke Hotline amid Coronavirus Pandemic: 'People Just Need a Laugh' Volunteers record a new joke every day to be ready for callers by 10 a.m. By Georgia Slater Georgia Slater Twitter Georgia Slater is a writer/reporter on the Parents team at PEOPLE. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 22, 2020 02:37 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Knock, knock — it’s the city of Juneau, Alaska here to tell you a joke and give you a well-deserved laugh amid the coronavirus pandemic. The City and Borough of Juneau is bringing light to a difficult time by launching a joke hotline, a city-sponsored phone line that people can call to hear a new joke every day, Anchorage Daily News reported. The hotline, which kicked off Tuesday, is run by three volunteers — two high school girls and a retired man — who will come up with fresh jokes, seven days a week to record for callers. “People just need a laugh,” Dawn Welch, a recreation planner for the city of Juneau, told the outlet. The jokes are recorded by 10 a.m. each day so that people can call into the hotline at (907) 586-0428 each morning for a good laugh. Stories of Essential Workers & Everyday People Doing Heroic Deeds During the Coronavirus Pandemic Welch said that the volunteers provide “good, clean, corny jokes” on the call, and that while they come up with their own material, the public is invited to submit jokes as well by emailing Parks.Rec@juneau.org. Getty The hotline was once used for the city’s hiking program, which has been suspended due to the pandemic. “We thought, this is a perfect time to do this,” Welch told the News of using the line to tell jokes. YouTuber Hits Stranger’s Car — and Is Asked to Donate to Food Bank Instead of Paying for Damage The joke hotline proved so popular, that the “overwhelming number of calls crashed the system,” the city wrote on Facebook Tuesday. “Please standby as we work with the phone company to get us back up and running,” officials added. As of Wednesday afternoon, there have been at least 327 cases of coronavirus and seven deaths in Alaska, according to The New York Times database. Across the nation, over 805,000 people have been infected by the virus and over 40,000 have died. 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.