There hasn’t been a great deal of good news and happy stories recently. With 860,793 coronavirus cases and 42,324 deaths confirmed globally, it’s getting hard to keep our spirits up. Plus, coronapocalypse hermits are exhausting toilet paper supplies, and it feels like we’re a step away from utter chaos.
But not so fast! These wholesome pieces of corona news are here to restore our faith in humanity. Bored Panda has compiled a list of the most wholesome and truly feel-good stories that prove love and kindness do exist in these hard times. And because there can’t be too much of a good thing, take a look at our previous joyful news compilations: part 1 and part 2. Feelin' your heart meltin' already? Share stories of kindness and real-life heroes in the comments!
Belgian woman, Suzanne Hoylaerts aged 90, dies of #Covid_19 after refusing a respirator, telling her doctors "Save it for the youngest [who need it most], I've already had a beautiful life." Not all #Heroes wear capes !
He came out of retirement to help with this epidemic. This man is a legend in Italy as he helped with the first heart transplant
While you’re quarantined and working from home, your community still needs some help. Bored Panda contacted Marlena Hartz, the director of communications at the nonprofit organization GlobalGiving. She told us that, fortunately, people are happy helping others during the crisis. “Our data shows that giving continues to be strong right now, and people are responding generously to help those in need.” GlobalGiving runs a Coronavirus Relief Fund that has already raised more than $1 million.
But Marlena warns that “many nonprofits in our communities are struggling to survive in the time of the coronavirus, with lost revenue from fundraising events, sudden technology needs, and an increase in demand for help from people who need food, access to health care, and more.” Thus it’s very important to raise your voice for those in need on social media. If you have the means, consider making a donation to the nonprofit of your choice.
Marlena finds it inspiring to see an outpouring of support on social media for stopping Covid-19. “People are so creative. From this hand-washing parody to celebrity giving challenges, we're continually surprised and overjoyed by the ingenuity and kindness of these good people in the midst of this global crisis.”
And some people are making heartwarming donations without having much themselves. Marlena recounted the moment when Jacqueline, a nonprofit founder herself, made a generous gift to Coronavirus Relief Fund. “She said she does not ‘know what tomorrow holds’ for her nonprofit, but 'she told us that she gives not because she has much, but because she understands what it means to have nothing.'”
A man in Morristown, NJ standing outside the emergency room with this sign. Remember to say thank you to those on the front lines!
Another way to help is supporting your local businesses. Find out if you are able to make a purchase online, which is a caring gesture amid these trying times. Many bars and restaurants have also been forced to shut down for quarantine. Consider buying gift cards for your friends and family.
San Antonio restaurant owner Steve McHugh explained that “gift cards are like interest-free loans.” The income from gift card purchases is seed money for many eateries that may help get them up and running after the crisis is over.
In the end, it all comes down to simple things—sharing food and other supplies with your neighbors or checking on how everyone is doing with a quick call. There is so much we could all do without setting foot outside our homes.
We're quarantined but this was the most beautiful thing I saw today, and it deserves to be shared
After 11 hospital days and losing 12kg, my 78yr old dad is home and recovered from Covid in Madrid!
Our neighbour doesn't have Wi-Fi, so we talked her through joining ours. Once on she received 70 messages from her children living overseas
Man feeding neighbor's dog.
Update: this photo was taken before coronavirus outbreak
My Great-Uncle visits his wife every day. She's in an Assisted Living facility as she has Alzheimer's, so he can't go in right now for safety reasons. That doesn't stop him from showing his endearing love
Gas station helping elderly
I (27m) mentioned that I am out of work and my elderly neighbor left this on my doorstep
Bosnia and Herzegovina. More discipline than 1st world countries
Minnesota & Vermont will classify grocery store employees as ER workers, qualifying for free childcare.