It’s no secret that the last couple of weeks have been a bit...well, depressing (and that’s putting it mildly). To help you keep your spirits up during isolation, we’ll be bringing you our top 6 “feel good” stories every Friday during this period of social distancing.
1. 400,000 People Volunteer for the NHS in One Day
There’s a quote from the genial children’s television show host Mr. Rogers that feels really apt these days. He 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.’” An astounding 400,000 of these “helpers” signed up to volunteer for the NHS in just ONE DAY, the NHS reported on Wednesday. From delivering medications to calling people in isolation to help them feel less alone, the volunteer responders (which now number more than 500,000) are playing a critical role in this crisis.
2. Man Celebrates Anniversary From Outside
Quarantine orders have affected people around the globe, and in particular, it’s made an impact on the elderly, who are at a higher risk from the virus. That didn’t stop one man in Connecticut from celebrating his 67th wedding anniversary. Though he couldn’t visit his wife in her nursing home, he stood outside the building holding balloons and a sign that read, “I’ve loved you 67 years and still do. Happy Anniversary.” (I'm not crying, you're crying!)
3. Philadelphia Park “Flower Bombed”
The events industry has taken a hit from Covid-19, including many forced cancellations. Rather than letting late cancellations bring them down, DFW Event Design used 2,000 flowers that would have been wasted to surprise their community by flower bombing a local park.
4. Italy Balcony Singers
Italian neighbours have come together to boost one another’s spirits through music. Deserted streets have been filled with melodies while citizens find a way to connect while quarantined.
5. Brands Living Their Values
Brands like Pret a Manger, LVMH, Gap Inc. and more have been contributing to those in need over the past week. Offering free menu items to NHS workers and converting their factories to create sanitizer and scrubs, brands are coming together to help frontline workers fight the virus.
People across the UK celebrated NHS workers with a round of applause last night. Cheers were shouted, pots and pans were banged together, and some people even lit fireworks. It was heartening to see people come together to honour the frontline workers who are risking their own health to help others. #notallheroeswearcapes
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Stay safe and wash those hands!