May 06, 2020
Inspirational stories of people helping people in a time of crisis.
Nearly every state in the U.S. has issued some type of stay-at-home order due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. While many Americans have already been in isolation for the past month, there's still not a definite date for the county to reopen for business. But despite difficult times ahead, many people are rising to the occasion and finding ways to reach out, connect and help those in need. Here are some of our recent #CoronaKindness picks.
Helping the Homeless
While millions are being ordered shelter-in-place, some people don't have a home in which to shelter. In 2018, there were over 500,000 cases of homelessness reported in the U.S. Although often overlooked, these individuals are much more vulnerable to community-spread illnesses like COVID-19.
Thankfully, communities around the world are finding ways to help. In Berlin, residents are leaving bags of food and other essential items for the homeless to pick up. In Blackpool, England, a coffee shop prepared Easter dinner for the local homeless community.
In Los Angeles, @projectcoffeecup usually provides coffee to the homeless, but now they are handing out soup in the hopes of keeping people healthy and warm. Meanwhile, Mexican restaurant @casafinafiesta is delivering free meals to homeless shelters through their Buy 1, Give 1 program — for every delivery/pick-up order they receive, they'll donate one free meal to vulnerable community members.
Want to help? Homeless people are in desperate need of face masks. If you have extras or are adept at sewing, consider donating masks to the homeless.
Improving Your Outlook
More and more evidence suggests that social isolation can negatively affect your mental health. Everyone deals with stress differently, but no matter your situation, keep in mind that it's okay to feel just about anything right now. @edrasage posted this helpful chartto help you check your mental batteries. If you need a little extra TLC, try finding healthy coping mechanisms, like exercise, talking to loved ones and spending time outdoors.
Some wellness companies are even offering free online meditation classes. Looking for the light at the end of the tunnel? @viceau created this inspiring video with tidbits of advice from residents of China and South Korea, who are about two months ahead of the U.S. in terms of social isolation. For those with mental illness, the current situation may exacerbate existing problems, which is why the non-profit @be.kind.always.foundationis reminding everyone that the world needs you.
On the flip side, if you have a close friend or family member who is struggling with isolation, remember that sometimes all you have to do is listen.
Appreciating Our First Responders
Fire fighters, police officers and military personnel are among those on the front lines of this global crisis, and it's never been more important to take care of those who are taking care of us. @starbucks is among those offering free coffee to first responders. In addition, the Starbucks Foundation is partnering with @opgratitude to deliver 50,000 care packages to those on the front lines. Operation Gratitude is also providing the National Guard with essential hygiene items and snacks.
Meanwhile on Long Island, an Islamic center provided meals for the @NassauCountyPD. But our favorite story of the week? When a three-year-old's birthday party was cancelled in Carson, Calif., due to stay-at-home measures, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department brought him a birthday surprise he'll never forget. I'm not crying, you're crying.