Good People Doing Good Things — Helpers In These Trying Times

We’ve heard a lot in the past few weeks about human swine who are hoarding large amounts of commodities such as toilet paper, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and even foodstuffs such as chicken, fresh fruits & veggies, etc.  And then there are the scammers … people who are finding unique ways to profit from other people’s troubles.  But today I want to focus on people who are finding ways to be good people in the midst of the pandemic crisis.

A tip that will be remembered …

On Sunday afternoon, the governor of Ohio announced that all restaurants and bars would close at 9:00 p.m. and remain closed indefinitely … another casualty of the pandemic coronavirus.  We were eating at TGI Fridays when the announcement was made, and our server broke into tears.  I was chuffed to see that a few minutes later, the family dining across the aisle from us gave her a $100 tip … she broke into tears again.  We gave her a $50 tip … and she broke into tears yet again!  But none of that compares to what a diner in Columbus, Ohio, did.

An anonymous man dining at The Coaches Bar and Grill in Columbus, received his bill shortly after the governor’s announcement … the bill totaled $29.75.  To that check, he added a gratuity of … $2,500!  On the check, he wrote a note requesting that the tip be split equally among the five servers who were working that night. tipNeedless to say, the tears were flowing in The Coaches on Sunday night.  Thumbs up to that anonymous man!

Helping the neighbors …

Becky Hoeffler lives in Durham, North Carolina and works for Duke University.  These days, she’s working from home, and when she spoke by phone with her grandfather in New Jersey, she was concerned when he mentioned that he was going out grocery shopping.  She wished she could do it for him to lessen his risk, but obviously she couldn’t.  However, it gave her the idea to make grocery runs for her senior neighbors, in lieu of helping her grandpa.

She started with her next-door neighbor, an elderly lady who only asked her to pick up paper towels, fresh fruit, and flour.  The neighbor then returned the favour in the form of fresh-baked banana bread!

Next, she walked down to the housing community for senior living at the end of her cul-de-sac. She talked to people on their porches and introduced herself—and the offer of kindness.

“They told me I could post the sign with my information near the mailbox station, so all members of the community would be able to see it!”

Becky-HoefflerBecky has posted on a local Facebook group to try to get the word out and to see if anyone needs help.

“In these situations, when the community steps up, you really lessen the pressure on first responders and medical personnel,” she said in an email. “If you’re able to decrease, even by a little bit, the number of patients that have to seek care because they’ve been exposed to something, it’s good for the community as a whole.”

Thumbs up to Becky Hoeffler for caring about her senior neighbors!

Chef Andrés is at it again …

I have written before about Chef José Andrés before.  He and his charity have been praised time and again for helping feed those in need during hurricanes, fires and other disasters.  This time, he is turning his 5-star restaurants into food kitchens for families who may be having trouble making ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic.

The makeshift soup kitchens will begin serving takeout meals starting today between noon and 5:00 p.m. Furthermore, all of his employees will be getting paid time off for the first two weeks.

chef-andresAndrés’s charity, World Central Kitchen, has also been serving up meals to people affected by the coronavirus, including the quarantined cruise ship passengers and staffers aboard the Grand Princess.  And from Little Rock, Arkansas to San Francisco, the charity has already served up several thousand meals to students and families amidst school closures.

Caremongering in Canada

The first “caremongering” group was set up by Mita Hans with the help of Valentina Harper and others. Valentina explained the meaning behind the name.

“Scaremongering is a big problem. We wanted to switch that around and get people to connect on a positive level, to connect with each other. It’s spread the opposite of panic in people, brought out community and camaraderie, and allowed us to tackle the needs of those who are at-risk all the time – now more than ever.”

Valentina said the rapid growth of the trend was far beyond her expectations, with the Toronto group itself now having more than 9,000 members.

“We thought we’d have a couple dozen people. It’s grown to thousands. But the most positive thing is the local groups that have started, geared to specific neighbourhoods. It’s really shown us the need that people have to have some level of reassurance and hope.  Anxiety, isolation and lack of hope affects you. In providing this virtual community which allows people to help each other, I think it is really showing people there is still hope for humanity. We haven’t lost our hope.”

But they do more than just offer moral support or a kind voice to break up the loneliness.  These include a single mother in Ottawa receiving food for her baby, a group of people in Toronto offering to cook meals for those who are unable, and a community in Prince Edward Island who gave grocery store gift cards to a woman who was laid off because of closures related to coronavirus.

One of the most popular acts is to go to the supermarket for those who are unable – though depending on luck this can prove to be an act of extreme patience as one Hamilton woman discovered when going to a Walmart at 5:30 am on Saturday – the queue was a long one.

These people aren’t rich, don’t have a lot to give, but they are giving of themselves to help others in small ways.  Thumbs up to them all.

In memory of …

The family of 88-year-old Darrell Blakeley, who died at North Manchester General Hospital on Friday after testing positive for coronavirus, have asked people to carry out acts of kindness in his memory.

Darrell-Blakeley“We invite you to forget flowers and cards. Instead we would like you to give acts of kindness. Help someone who is lonely or struggling during this time, who needs shopping, childcare or a chat. Post tiny acts of kindness given and received and share. Build something beautiful in Darrell’s memory.”

These are just a few examples of the many, many people who, instead of seeing this crisis as an opportunity to make a buck at someone’s expense, are seeing it as an opportunity to do something good for others.  I think we can all find some things to do to help people out in these trying times, don’t you?

33 thoughts on “Good People Doing Good Things — Helpers In These Trying Times

  1. I have been heartened by the number of neighbours who have offered to help us, even one who has health issues of her own! Your Good People help me to realise that this is widespread. These post of yours will become even more important as we get deeper into this nightmare.
    I think that people will come up with very creative solutions. For example my pilates studio is looking to have online videos or classes. I wonder how our arts community will respond. The Comedy Festival which is held at this time in Melbourne has cancelled. I wonder if they are thinking about doing an online version. We have amazing technology, now we just have to use it.

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    • How wonderful that you have neighbors who think of others in these times! Yes, it is wide-spread and under-reported! In fact, I didn’t find a single one of these stories in the U.S. media, but all came from either The Guardian or BBC, both UK sources. I hope you’re right and that people will find ways to stay upbeat and keep from becoming depressed. I fear two things are going to increase: suicides and domestic violence. I hope I’m wrong.


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  3. Just as I suspected…Good People Will Rise To Help Those In Need! This may be the first and only time that a non-blogger has or will redux a comment. It appears that a comment to a comment on the March 15th post ‘On Common Sense and Humanity’ did not come across your radar. I will redux it here and now…as it does seem fitting! March 16th at 3:49 AM : “There are still, as you well know, some very good people doing very good things. I expect that these good people will rise up and meet the challenges that will undoubtedly come in the days, weeks and months ahead. There will always be, just as there have ever been, those people who will only look out for themselves and climb over those less fortunate without a backward glance or thought. Humankind consists of the givers and the takers, the kind and the cruel, the good and the evil…it has always been so and most likely will continue to be so for the duration of man on Earth. Sadly it is true that the givers, the kind and the good will not be able to help everyone and save everything. But each will be able to help someone and save something. Thank-You!” It is gratifying to know that those people who have not risen to the challenges in a positive way are being countered by those you have shared and the many others across the world whose acts of kindness go unknown and unmentioned. Thank-YOU!! P.S. Love the Karen Salmonsohn quote…Words to live by!

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    • Oh dear!!! I am so so sorry, Ellen! Sometimes it happens, when I get a lot of comments before I have a chance to start responding to them, that some will drop off of my notifications list. I usually try to check the past day’s posts to see what could have been missed, but for the past week or so I’ve been so overwhelmed that I just missed your comment altogether! I’m sorry!

      That said … yes, you are so right, as I am reminded every Wednesday when I do these ‘good people’ posts, and as I see in my own everyday life. It’s all just so out of balance right now, with the stupid and the greedy taking up all the air in the room, that it’s far too easy to despair, to wonder why we even bother. Hugs, my dear friend!


      • Oh bother! An apology, actually two, are quite unnecessary!! My lame attempt at humor was not meant to chastise you for missing an insignificant comment on one of your many worthy posts. I added the introduction just in case someone might have previously read it and thought I was a confused old lady repeating myself…which at times is true! Not only did I truly feel that this comment redux was fitting to this post, but also that I may never again be able to claim a redux of my own! You see, it really is the little things that brightens my days! Now then, if you miss this comment on a comment, it will not be deserving of a redux! Thank-you! P.S. We bother because we care and because we can and because we must! P.P.S. About that quote…it says it all, does it not?!?


  4. The bad stories are always easy to hear about, but I know in my heart that there are many, many more amazing stories like these out there. We just need to keep sharing them! Take care, friend.

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    • Yes, I like to still believe that the good outweighs the bad in most humans … it’s easy to forget some days. You take care, as well. Is Kevin still practicing during these times, or is he taking a break?


    • It’s definitely easy to forget that most people are more good than bad, when we see people fighting over a pack of disinfectant wipes or grabbing a bottle of water from someone else’s cart!


  5. There is a community spirit out there… And these are wonderful stories.

    A friend of mine lives alone in a small village in Spain. They are in enforced lock down and no online deliveries allowed now. Large Supermarkets only allow 25 people in at once and the local Guardia are making sure it is a one-in, one-out policy for shoppers waiting. My friend has started a community FB group for her village to find neighbours who will help each other. She said there were 25 sign ups within hrs of her putting the closed group up. And people have already started helping each other. 😁

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    • I hate to think that the 25-at-a-time could happen here … why, one would have to stand in line for hours just to get in. That doesn’t even make any sense, for who’s to say but one of those 25 are infected … or not. Sheesh … people have lost the ability to think clearly, apparently. But, I love the story of your friend starting the group to help neighbors, and I’m chuffed by how many signed on so quickly! 👍

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      • My friend has had help from younger people to go out and get her prescriptions. She tells me that 80 people in Benidorm have been arrested for being out on the streets without a valid reason. And one woman hauled out of a closed swimming pool and taken away in handcuffs. The hotels are all shutting today… And tourists have to be out by next Tuesday. My friend tells me that Tourists are not getting this. Her neighbours are expecting to wait until the end of next week to get their booked ferry back to UK. They will be trapped there without any insurance or help if they get into trouble. The military are patrolling streets in Spain now.

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        • What a terrible way to have to live, and it seems that it is going to go on indefinitely. I think I will give up if that level of martial law comes to this country. If one is merely subsisting and not really living, what’s the point?


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