7 ways people have come together (while staying apart) during the coronavirus outbreak
It’s been a stressful few weeks. News of coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading around the world has made us all anxious and nervous, understandably. But in a time of crisis, it’s the uplifting moments that bring us out of the darkness, and keep us feeling hopeful. The spread of the coronavirus, as frightening as it has been, has truly brought out the best in people, with many generous donations, kind messages, and selfless acts of service offered during the past week.
To cut through the important but distressing facts that are flooding your news feeds right now, we want to highlight the moments that have sparked joy and hope during a time of sadness and fear. See how others are spreading positivity during the coronavirus pandemic below, and get inspired to do the same in your community.
1. Italians and Spaniards applauding healthcare workers from their balconies
Both Italy and Spain are under nationwide lockdowns, but that didn’t stop locals from participating in a collective show of gratitude for healthcare workers who have been battling coronavirus. Residents in both countries stepped onto their balconies or opened their windows to join in a round of applause for healthcare workers yesterday, March 15th. The events were organized through social media to take place at the same time in each country. Health workers deserve this round of applause, and we hope they hear our gratitude loud and clear.
2. Delta CEO forgoing his salary to avoid laying off employees
Now this is what we call “taking one for the team.” On March 14th, Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastain announced that he will forgo his salary for six months so that employees will not need to be laid off. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly also reduced his salary by 10% to avoid the same fate for his colleagues. We hope more people in leadership positions follow suit and offer their teams this type of support if possible.
3. Disneyland donating excess food
Over the weekend, all Disney Parks shut down temporarily, and all planned events were cancelled due to the coronavirus. However, Disney Parks will continue to donate all of its excess food to Second Harvest Food Bank, whose mission is to end hunger in Orange County, California. This includes dairy products, fruit, vegetables, packaged goods, and banquet meals.
4. Steph and Ayesha Curry donating 1 million meals to kids in need
A top concern during the coronavirus pandemic has been schools closing down. Now that we’re at the point where students are being sent home indefinitely, those who rely on the education system for food are struggling to find access to meals. Golden State Warriors NBA player Steph Curry and his wife Ayesha are donating one million meals for these kids in need in Oakland, California. The couple made the donation through the Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation, which works to fight childhood hunger, ensure access to education, and enable active lifestyles.
5. Neighbors singing “Happy Birthday” from their apartment windows
In Beirut, Lebanon, one community spread the love by singing happy birthday to their neighbor from their balconies and open windows. The woman celebrating her birthday held a cake with candles lit while the neighbors sang to her. This is the support we all need to (safely) give our own neighbors right now!
6. Kids putting on a concert for their elderly neighbor
A pair of siblings in Columbus, Ohio performed a mini cello concert on their patio for an elderly neighbor who is self-isolating due to the coronavirus outbreak. They even dressed up as if they were performing in a fancy concert hall. Listen for her cheering at the end of the video—it’ll warm your heart.
7. One man’s commitment to his wife
This photo of a man honoring 67 years of marriage with his wife despite coronavirus precautions keeping them apart really got us in our feels. The balloons, handwritten sign, and message show his true love and commitment to his wife through these trying times.
Amidst the uncertainty and fear of the coronavirus outbreak, continue to share moments like these that spark joy inside us all.
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