Amid Coronavirus Panic, These Acts of Kindness Will Restore Your Faith
From charitable kids to kind NBA stars, here are some people who've spread kindness amid coronavirus fears.
Most of what we've heard about coronavirus up until this point has been overwhelmingly negative. People are getting sick and dying, Italy is on lockdown, anxious shoppers are depleting stores, racism is on the rise, businesses are suffering, and panic is hitting its peak. But, through it all, there have been some bright spots that will restore your faith in humanity. Here are some of the most heartwarming coronavirus acts of kindness stories we've seen to date, from all around the globe.
1. The U.K. butcher who offered to put together a two-week care package to anyone who needed to self-quarantine and had limited funds
If anyone near our shop has to self isolate over the corona virus and are on benefits I will put together a two week food parcel that will be delivered to your door .
— dave jones (@djonesbutchers) March 8, 2020
Dave Jones, the owner of D Jones Butchers in Earlsheaton, U.K., went viral after promising to send food to those in need.
2. The two little girls in Australia who used their tooth fairy money to buy tissues and toilet paper for the elderly
On Mar. 6, Petrina McGuire shared a photo of two young best friends—Addyson, 6, and Lucy, 4—who used their pocket money to buy supplies for pensioners. McGuire, Addyson's mother, told The Daily Mail that the little girl got the idea when she saw empty shelves of toilet paper and learned that some people were stockpiling the product. She asked if she could "buy some to hand out to those that may have missed out using money she had saved from the tooth fairy." And so, she and Lucy loaded up their wagon and helped out the elderly.
3. The woman in Oregon who bought groceries for an elderly couple who was too scared to go into the store
On Mar. 11, Rebecca Mehra was going to the grocery store in Oregon when an elderly woman yelled for her to come over and tearfully told her that she and her husband were too afraid to go into the store, given that coronavirus hits the elderly especially hard.
Afraid to get sick as they are in their 80's and hear that the novel coronavirus is affecting older people disproportionately. And that they don't have family around to help them out. Through the crack in the window she handed me a $100 bill and a grocery list, and asked if I
— Rebecca Mehra (@rebecca_mehra) March 12, 2020
"She told me she had been sitting in the car for nearly 45 minutes before I had arrived, waiting to ask the right person for help," Mehra tweeted. The woman gave her money and a grocery list, and Mehra bought the groceries for them.
"I know it's a time of hysteria and nerves, but offer to help anyone you can. Not everyone has people to turn to."
I know it's a time of hysteria and nerves, but offer to help anyone you can. Not everyone has people to turn to.
— Rebecca Mehra (@rebecca_mehra) March 12, 2020
4. The 11-year-old boy from New Jersey who donated 1,150 hand sanitizers to his community
Jayden Perez, a local fifth grader and founder of From The Bottom of My Heart, was concerned that many of his friends…
Jayden Perez, 11, got lucky when his family decided to buy hand sanitizers in bulk at the end of February. His mother, Ana Rosado, told NorthJersey.com that Jayden "became concerned that some students didn't have sanitizer because they were selling out everywhere." So he decided to donate 1,000 hand sanitizers to his local school district, and an additional 150 to the police station, fire department, and public library.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers player Kevin Love, who's donating $100,000 to workers financially impacted by the NBA's decision to cancel the season due to coronavirus
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Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. And the fear and anxiety resulting from the recent outbreak of COVID-19 can be extremely overwhelming. Through the game of basketball, we've been able to address major issues and stand together as a progressive league that cares about the players, the fans, and the communities where we work. I'm concerned about the level of anxiety that everyone is feeling and that is why I'm committing $100,000 through the @KevinLoveFund in support of the @Cavs arena and support staff that had a sudden life shift due to the suspension of the NBA season. I hope that during this time of crisis, others will join me in supporting our communities. Pandemics are not just a medical phenomenon. They affect individuals and society on so many levels, with stigma and xenophobia being just two aspects of the impact of a pandemic outbreak. It's important to know that those with a mental illness may be vulnerable to the effects of widespread panic and threat. Be kind to one another. Be understanding of their fears, regardless if you don't feel the same. Be safe and make informed decisions during this time. And I encourage everyone to take care of themselves and to reach out to others in need — whether that means supporting your local charities that are canceling events, or checking in on your colleagues and family.
"Pandemics are not just a medical phenomenon," Love posted on Instagram. "They affect individuals and society on so many levels, with stigma and xenophobia being just two aspects of the impact of a pandemic outbreak. It's important to know that those with a mental illness may be vulnerable to the effects of widespread panic and threat. Be kind to one another." And for more on that, read: This Is What It's Like Having OCD During the Coronavirus Outbreak.