May 24, 2020

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An art teacher at an elementary school in Vermont bought a bunch of art supplies, like crayons and paint sets.  Then she put together 173 “emergency art kits,”and mailed one to every kid in her school. (story)

 

The company that makes Beanie Babies has a new bear named “Hope” that costs $5.  And all the profits are going to the United Way’s COVID-19 relief fund. (story)

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The head nurse for San Antonio’s University Health System came up with a way to make cloth facemasks with material from A/C filters.  And they might be more effective than N95 masks.  Or at least a solid replacement if the N95s run out. (story)

 

Last month, a nurse in Memphis asked an Uber driver to stop at McDonald’s, because she hadn’t had time to eat all day.  So the driver raised money online to feed the ENTIRE hospital staff.  And for the past month, she’s dropped off food every day for 50 to 60 staff members.  And people online have donated over $12,000 to pay for it. (story)

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There’s an 89-year-old guy in northern Germany who’s been dating an 85-year-old woman just across the border in Denmark.  But the border’s been closed since the crisis started.  So for over a month, they’ve been meeting up at a border crossing every day for socially distanced dates.  They mostly hang out and eat, or drink schnapps together. (story)

 

A regular customer of an Arkansas restaurant left a huge tip for their takeout order. The anonymous person tipped the Colonial Steakhouse $1,200 – which was the amount of their stimulus check. Manager Allison Hall says they all started crying because it came at a time when the staff really needs it. (story)

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The Atlanta Braves are starting two food programs to provide meals to those in need and to support healthcare and essential workers. The Braves Home Plate Project will prepare food intended for April games for community meals. The Meals for the Brave project will support local restaurants with food orders that will be delivered to front-line medical workers. (story)

 

A letter carrier in Ohio is going above and beyond to help elderly customers on his route. Kyle West, known as “Mailman Kyle” sent a letter for around 400 seniors he delivers to offering to pick up anything they need. He says he’s heard from pretty much every person and has brought them essentials like milk and toilet paper. (story)

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A six-year-old sent her actual piggy bank and the $14.70 inside to a local hospital. Sophia wants to do her part to help those fighting the coronavirus and her donation kicked off a big campaign at Grandview Hospital. Her generosity started a fundraiser that’s brought in $60-thousand in donations in two weeks. (story)

 

A Winters, California, family has partnered up with a local florist to deliver bouquets to random families in their community. They ask recipients to share a picture with The Flower Ninja Facebook page. A trying year where their community offered lots of support inspired them to start the project. (story)

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80% of parents say their families have gotten closer because they spend more time together during lockdown. Half are playing board games and doing puzzles together, while 30% have formed book clubs and read together. Only one-third of parents are allowing their kids to watch more TV. 60% of couples they are actually happier with their partner after all this time in isolation together. (story)

 

A Virginia mom let her kids earn “money” to spend at an at-home movie night. Sadira Gray’s children got paid to clean up and used their wages to buy candy, soda and tickets to their living room theater. She says they were very into the idea and worked hard so they could go to the movies. (story)

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