Thankful Thursday

Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Stories of Hope

Humankind Alliance would like to express our gratitude to all for contributing to their communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Each of us have never been through such a challenge of this magnitude, we must look forward towards a promising future for everyone. Stories of kindness and uplifting moments are coming to light and should be applauded for giving us hope of what humanity can do for all:
 
  • A special 50th wedding anniversary surprise: Dan and Janice Kauffman’s 50th wedding anniversary dinner may have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but that didn’t stop their family from finding a way to celebrate by showing up on their front lawn to send them their love.
  • Dog brightens day of seniors living under quarantineTonka the Great Dane is spreading joy by visiting the Cedar Pointe Health and Wellness Suites in Texas which is under quarantine amid coronavirus. His owner, Courtney Leigh stands with Tonka outside the facility’s windows, waiting to see the residents. “They were smiling from ear to ear. Some reached out to touch the window. Of all the therapy visits, probably the most meaningful was this window visit. It seemed much more special with what’s going on right now.” said Courtney.
  • Kids spread love with rainbow art scavenger hunts in NY: With so many schools across the nation closed due to social distancing measures, kids are getting crafty with their time indoors. The Facebook page “Rainbows over Nassau and Suffolk Counties and Beyond” has over 27,000 members with families hoping to extend joy around several communities. The goal is to encourage more projects to keep children busy and hunting.
  • An Illinois public library turns into a free food pantry: Due to coronavirus, a community shared library was converted into a little free pantry. From toilet paper to canned goods, neighbors are leaving basics for those in need.“To help our neighbors affected by the COVID-19 crisis, this Little Free Library is converted to a Little Free Pantry. Take what you need and if you can, please donate what you can spare!” said the sign.
  • ‘Everything Will Be OK’ signs spread cheer in Dunwoody, Georgia:With art galleries closed due to the coronavirus, residents are supporting their local artists with a simple message: “Everything Will Be OK.” Signs with this message has been seen on local lawns and windows, each selling for $20 to support out of work local artists. CEO Alan Mothner of the Spruill Center for the Arts along with graphic design company owner Heyward Wescott thought of the idea to support these local artists. To date, they’ve received more than 600 orders for the signs and raised over $14,500 for local artists in just 24 hours, Mothner said.
  • Family surprises 92-year-old grandfather with birthday parade: Alfred Vecoli usually celebrates his birthday with his big family. Due to the coronavirus, his 92nd birthday party celebration had to be cancelled. As a surprise for Alfred, family and friends arrived in cars decorated with balloons and banners. Everyone left their cars and sang “Happy Birthday” to Alfred outside his house. “He’s the link to our family and we all do this for him,” said Marianna Salois, Vecoli’s 13-year-old great-granddaughter.
  • Kindergarten teacher visits each of her students amid coronavirus:When the schools closed due to the coronavirus, Jean Witt, a kindergarten teacher at the Aspen Creek School in Broomfield, Colorado wanted to make sure her students were coping from the sudden change away from the classroom. She delivered books and crayons to each of her students. “I wanted to see my precious students and tell them how much I love them. They need a classroom community and their daily school routine,” said Witt. While she said learning will continue online, Witt said she misses her classroom and the little voices that fill it.
  • 300 laptops donated to community college students in Los Angeles: Thanks to the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), hundreds of students now have laptop computers they can use while they continue their studies remotely. Students were able to drive to the pickup location and stay in their vehicles while volunteers from the LACCD Board of Trustees delivered a laptop to their cars. According to their website, LACCD hopes to make additional distributions soon in their efforts to help students learn at home.
  • Virtual tip jars helping restaurant service workers: As a means to provide financial support for service workers in the restaurant industry, “Virtual tip jars” was created by Sam Schutte, an entrepreneur and the CEO of Unstoppable Software. The virtual tip jar is a low-tech online spreadsheet with the service workers’ names and their place of employment along with their PayPal or Venmo information so you can directly pay them. “If people want to still support them and thank them for the service they’ve provided it’s a way to connect the dots – otherwise how can you find someone else’s Venmo information? It just breaks my heart to see all these hardworking people that we depend on to take care of us and provide quality service and now they’re facing this apocalypse,” Schutte told ABC News.
  • Yale student leads 2,700 making prescription and grocery runs amid COVID-19 crisis: Liam Elkind and Simone Policano launched along with the support of 2,700 volunteers, “Invisible Hands Deliver”where people can place orders for medicine, food, supplies and have it delivered for free. “In this time where we are stuck in our homes, it’s amazing to see young people wanting to help,” Policano told “Good Morning America. “I delivered to a woman yesterday, and it was her birthday. Just the smile on her face when I arrived made my day,” said 18 year old Wyatt Hill.
  • Couple leaves a $9,400 tip to help restaurant staff during COVID-19: Staff at a Houston restaurant received a massive $9,400 tip from a couple who stopped at Irma’s Southwest restaurant. After their meal, the generous tipsters signed their check with a note to “hold tip to pay your guys over the next few weeks.” “Our staff was truly amazed and in awe of the gesture. It was so unexpected and I know it will be a big help for our employees,” said owner Louis Galvin. The bill for their meal was $90.12. Galvin said the $9,400 tip will be split evenly among his 30 employees which amounts to a roughly $300 pay day for each person.

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