COVID-19 . . . The Goodness of People Shining Through

I just wanted to focus this time on the wonderful things people are doing across our nation to help us all know they care and are bringing us comfort and hope within our neighborhoods and communities. Here are just a few examples of the goodness of people shining through across our nation.

Teacher Parade

“In one Maryland neighborhood, teachers from a neighborhood school staged a 25-vehicle parade. ‘They sent us the route and info in advance,’ said Stephanie Batchelor, whose two children attend Wayside Elementary School in Potomac, Md. ‘The local families stood outside waving and cheering greetings to their favorite teachers,” Batchelor said in an email. “It had us … a little choked up too to see how happy our children were.’” [source: Washington Post, 3/26/2020].

Local Artist creating Masks

One of Boerne, Texas, artists, Linda Manning, plus her husband, Bob, have been creating artistic masks through the last couple weeks for those who need one. Thank you, Linda and Bob!

Meals shared for Those in Need

With“Café Gelato owner Doug Lammers, “. . . his shop is offering meals to children in need. ‘We are just a little bitty café in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We aren’t going to solve this whole pandemic, but we are going to do what we can,” he told CNN. “We are going to do what we can for as long as we can, and if we can’t keep doing it, we’ll find a different way to help.’” [source: CNN, 3/21/2020].

Ten Examples of Companies Doing Good

Microsoft will keep paying the hourly workers who support their campus.

Google established a COVID-19 fund that enables all temporary staff and vendors, globally, to take paid sick leave if they have potential symptoms of COVID-19, or can’t come into work because they’re quarantined. They have also made their video conferencing service, Hangouts Meet, available for all G-suite customers until July 1, 2020.

Loom, a video recording and sharing service has made Loom Pro free for teachers and students at K-12 schools, universities, and educational institutions. They have also removed the recording limit on free plans and have cut the price for Loom Pro in half.

Mark Cuban announced his employees (including those who work for the Mavericks) will be reimbursed for any lunch and coffee purchases from local, independent small businesses.

Shine Distillery in Portland started making and giving away hand sanitizer in an acute shortage.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy’s in-house team of literacy and education experts has created a toolkit of high-quality online resources that can be used anytime, anywhere, helping parents navigate the vast amount of available options.

LinkedIn opened up 16 of its learning courses for free. Courses that provide tips on how to stay productive, build relationships when you’re not face-to-face, use virtual meeting tools and balance family and work dynamics in a healthy way.

Jamm, an audio-visual communication tool used by remote and distributed teams is offering it free of charge.

Adobe is giving higher education and K-12 institutional customers of their Creative Cloud apps the ability to request temporary “at-home” access for their students and educators. This is being granted through May 31, 2020 at no additional cost and is available globally.

Amazon hired 100,000 more workers and are giving raises to current staff to deal with coronavirus demands.

[source: Forbes, 3/17/2020].

The Power and Love of Music Shared for our Vulnerable

“The elderly residents at my mom’s assisted living facility were placed on lockdown. They became even more isolated than usual. My brother, David DeLoach, didn’t want her to feel alone during this trying time, so he got creative about how to see her. He stood under her balcony and started serenading her with his guitar.

As he played, other elderly residents joined from their balconies. He decided to play his guitar in front of the three other wings of the senior center. Each time the residents came out on their balconies. Some sang along. ‘I can’t underestimate the power of music in a time like this,’ David said. ‘There’s a lot of stress and fear right now, and there’s something God put into music that when you sing it changes things. It does.’ He says he will go back as much as he can to play, because he believes music can get us through anything. Daniel DeLoach” [source: LA Times, 4/10/2020].

What ways can you creatively offer your own acts of kindness for your neighbor and community? Whatever you decide to do, include yourself in those acts of kindness with loving self-care so you can care for others.