For every dark moment in our history, there are countless tales of everyday people coming together to accomplish extraordinary feats. This pandemic is no exception. Manufacturing equipment meant for making legos and baseball uniforms is being modified to produce personal protective equipment for hospitals facing shortages. Countless homemade masks are being sewn and donated by individuals and companies all across the world. Thanks to stay-at-home orders, there are animal shelters with an incredible problem–they are empty! Zoos, aquariums and museums are hosting virtual field trips for quarantined students. Each and every act of kindness matters, and “in the total of all these acts will be written the history of this generation.”
Today, we wanted to again share some of the many encouraging stories of individuals and organizations who are working toward a brighter tomorrow for all.
Stories to Make You Smile Thanks to Sheltering in Place, Animal Shelters Are Empty Staff and volunteers at the Palm Beach County animal shelter celebrate that their kennels are empty. Photo: CNN 13-Year-Old Boy Who Made Bow Ties to Help Animals Get Adopted Is Now Making Masks for Coronavirus ‘All The Internet’s A Stage’ for Quarantined Shakespearean Actors A 96-year-old WWII Vet Donned a Mohawk to Intimidate the Germans. He Did it Again to Spread Cheer During the Pandemic. Whidden said, if the virus has one upside, it’s that everybody has started to come together, just like during the war. And if his new silver mohawk can help keep folks’ spirits up, well, that’s a win for the home team. Memphis Zoo Olympics, aka Memphis ZOOlympics, Is Underway Online The Cincinnati Zoo’s Fiona the Hippo Is Now Accepting Zoom Calls College Student Makes Masks for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Ashley Lawrence (left) poses with her mother wearing masks made for the deaf and hard of hearing community. British Veteran Raises $25 million by Walking for Health Service Factory Team Clocks Out After 28 Days of Live-in Work Making Coronavirus Protective Material Poplar Springs Celebrates Seniors Tic-Tac-Toe 3 in a Row: Mother and Daughter Surprise Seniors During the COVID-19 Period Mother and daughter Addyson and Danielle Garver brought some blue tape and put it on the windows at Winfield Senior Living. The ladies outside and the residents inside each used dry erase markers to play.
Helping Hands Irish Help Raise $1.8 million for COVID-hit Navajo Nation, Repaying $170 Sent During Potato Famine The tribes had suffered greatly and had very little, but when the Choctaw nation heard about the Irish people’s suffering during the potato famine, they pulled together a donation of $170—$5000 in today’s dollars—to send to Ireland. Photo: (BBC) Kindred Spirits, a sculpture in the Irish town of Midletown Salvation Army Helping to Provide Childcare for Essential Workers Medtronic Makes Ventilator Design Specifications Available to Public to Accelerate Efforts to Increase Global Ventilator Production and Gives $1 Million in Product Donations to Insulin for Life to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts ‘Parks and Recreation’ Special Has Already Raised $3 Million for Feeding America CBU Engineering Is Producing Face Shields for Healthcare Professionals CBU was able to purchase additional 3D printers — including small models that could be located in students’ homes. #ShareMyCheck: Social Media Users Reveal Where They’re Donating Stimulus Money Memphis Auto Repair Business to Deliver 950K Masks to Aid First Responders During Outbreak Across the World, Museums and Educational Institutions Are Rising to the Challenge to Offer Children Incredible Virtual Field Trips Four Seasons Hotel Offers New York City Medical Workers Free Rooms so They Don’t Infect Their Families With Coronavirus With Theaters Closed, N.J. Costume Maker Now Sews Innovative Masks for Doctors Sarah Romagnoli, costume maker at McCarter Theatre Center Costume Shop, making face masks at home. Publix Is Buying Excess Milk and Produce From Farmers — and Donating it to Food Banks San Diego Zoo Offering Free Classes for Middle and High Schoolers, Teachers Vanderbilt University Prepares Hundreds of Rooms for VUMC Medical Workers Fighting Global Pandemic Nike Donates 30,000 Shoes to Front-line Workers Fighting COVID-19 Nike partnered with Good360, a nonprofit specializing in efficient distribution of product donations, to help deliver the shoes to workers in Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis, and New York City and within the Veterans Health Administration. University of Memphis Uses 3D Lab to Print Face Shields for Healthcare Workers Authors and Celebrities Are Reading to Kids Online During Quarantine Lego Is Producing 13,000 Face Visors a Day for Healthcare Workers Amid Coronavirus Pandemic MLB Jersey Provider Fanatics Creating Masks and Gowns for Medical Workers Rubin said Fanatics has completely halted production on anything other than the masks and gowns, and the company plans to make one million of each to be immediately donated and distributed across Pennsylvania. Museum of Science and Industry Staff Use 3D Printers to Make Masks, Face Shields for Local Hospitals How Sports Teams, Players Are Helping Arena, Stadium Workers Affected by COVID-19 Outbreak The National Parks Conservation Association Is Bring Moments of Beauty and a Few Fun Facts to Park Lovers Stuck at Home The Rich and Famous Donating Fortunes to Combat COVID-19 John Krasinski Hosted a Star-studded Virtual Senior Prom for the Class of 2020 John Krasinski DJs virtual prom for class of 2020 Photo: @johnkrasinski Instagram
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