Positive Stories Offer Hope During Coronavirus Epidemic

By: Bill Eller

With ever-increasing numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases, businesses shuttering, layoffs and furloughs, it is only natural that we seek out positive stories to counterbalance growing anxiety.

The good news is we are rising to the occasion, being kind and helpful to one another, all over the country, even as we deal with stay-at-home orders, supply shortages and layoffs.

Here are some positive stories about Americans lifting one another up during this difficult time to brighten your day.

In the greater Louisville area, neighbors are checking on seniors, offering to run errands and just making sure they’re doing okay while staying in place, and Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino donated more than 1,000 pounds of produce, bread, dairy and meat to a local food bank.positive stories

Actor John Krasinski has launched “Some Good News,” a YouTube show that highlights how we are coming together in the midst of this national crisis. In the premiere, Krasinski featured a new father introducing his child to his own father through a window, a husband serenading his wife from outside her nursing home and a 15-year-old girl whose friends and family held a social distancing party after her last chemotherapy treatment. The idea has taken off on social media, and #SomeGoodNews is trending on several platforms.

People Magazine has gathered together stories on how people are dealing with these trying times, from an ICU patient who wrote a heartfelt letter of thanks to his healthcare team to impromptu social distancing parades for milestone events, such as birthdays.

Inspired by Italian news reports, the Twin Cities have begun a 7 p.m. nightly sing along from their porches, balconies, stoops and front yards to sing John Lennon’s “Imagine” with their neighbors, connected across both cities.

Music really does have the power to unite us. Two Columbus, Ohio, siblings heard their elderly neighbor was self-isolating because of the virus, so the duo, who both play the cello, put on their Sunday best and gave a special performance on the classical music lover’s porch.

From corporations to crafters, the country is mobilizing to get much-needed face masks into the hands of healthcare workers to protect them on the front lines.

In Philadelphia, a group florists used flowers ordered for now canceled or postponed events to decorate Rittenhouse Square. The florists also gave away 2,000 flowers to residents.

In New Jersey and Chicago, Free Little Libraries are being transformed into Free Little Pantries, in which neighbors are leaving nonperishable goods for neighbors in need.

Singer Lizzo is providing lunches for healthcare workers in hospitals throughout the country. Healthcare workers have been on the front line in fighting this pandemic, and it’s nice to see a celebrity leveraging their resources to give them a well-deserved thank you.

“You guys are putting yourselves on the frontline, so because of that, I wanted to treat y’all to a meal,” the Grammy Award winner told Henry Ford Hospital staff in a personalized video. “Lunch on me! I love you guys. Thank you so much for being the heroes in this story.”