News of the COVID-19 pandemic has been, to put it mildly, enough to make you feel pretty sad. But as Mr. Rogers said, “When I was a boy, and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” This pandemic has brought out the best in a great many people. Let us spend a little time on some of the feel-good stories that have come out of all this.
This is just a sample.
Who was that masked man?
Retired Landscaper, Dwight Goins, took up sewing when he found himself widowed after 40 years of marriage. After the local grocery stores began charging for bags, he put his new sewing skills to the test by making bags for people struggling with homelessness. With COVID in full swing and a mask shortage complicating things further, he decided to start sewing masks for frontline healthcare workers. Dwight has committed to contribute 5,000 masks through his daughter’s church. Way to go, Dwight!
Dancing with myself
In Washington, D.C., a senior center fitness instructor has been recording dance classes and sharing them across social media. Lola Jaramillo’s classes, recorded in her home, are taught in Spanish. Lola’s classes cater to the Hispanic community served by Vida Senior Center in Washington, where she teaches under normal circumstances. Due to the fact that older adults are at a higher risk of contracting the disease, many have spent the last few months in quarantine. This isolation has lead to a significant decrease in engagement and movement. Without regular exercise, older adults risk their mobility and overall health. With the help of Jaramillo, however, older adults in Washington and across the nation can stay healthy and active.
Rose: 1. COVID: 0.
Actually, Rose Heeley of Sheffield, England, has a better record than that. The 100-year-old great grandmother lists scarlet fever, diphtheria, measles, whooping cough, and more among the deadly diseases that have tried to take her down over the years. COVID fared no better. After a two-week hospital stay, she came out smiling and ready for whatever comes next—which will hopefully be years more of good health.
Armed with kindness
In Washington, D.C., a whole new kind of militia has cropped up. Groups of neighbors using mapping technology and video conference capabilities are ensuring that their neighbors are cared for and looked after. From running errands and organizing food pantries, to meeting online, neighbors are helping neighbors when they need it most.
There is no debating how difficult this time has been. It is essential that we inform ourselves and maintain a realistic view of things. However, it is necessary to take time to appreciate all the good happening in the world. It just might help.