Watching the news these days can be downright depressing.
Seems the numbers here in the U.S. just keep going up.
But every so often, sprinkled in among the doom and gloom, are stories that warm my heart.
Stories that have shown that despite the fear and anxiety, good still exists.
I’ve seen stories of teachers in their cars, parading through the neighborhoods of their students, to show the kids how much they love and miss them, as families stand on their front lawns and cheer as the teachers drive by.
With news that there aren’t enough masks for our healthcare workers, everyday citizens have been dusting off their sewing machines and started working to make masks for their local doctors and nurses.
Along those same lines, have you heard about the Fanatics group up in Pennsylvania?
Typically, this group would be busy making MLB baseball jerseys this time of year, but with the season on hold, they’ve made some adjustments to their plant and have started making masks and gowns out of their polyester mesh jersey fabric.
I must admit, that pinstripe protective wear looks pretty sharp.
Local restaurants have been making meals for families in need, as well as donating food to hospitals for the healthcare workers.
In apartment buildings, younger residents have been posting notices to older residents offering to pick-up groceries or run errands, so that they don’t have to venture out and put themselves at risk.
Musicians far and wide have begun sitting on their front porches and balconies to play music and lift the spirits of their neighbors.
Ordinary folks have been leaving out bottles of hand sanitizer and rolls of toilet paper for delivery workers who are on the job so much, they don’t get the chance to go to the store and pick up these essential supplies for themselves.
Clap outs for emergency and healthcare workers have sprouted up in cities around the U.S., so us regular citizens can show our appreciation for everything these brave souls are doing to keep us safe.
There are reports of empty animal shelters because folks have opened their homes to adopt or foster every cat and dog available.
I admit, many of these stories have left a lump in my throat.
Sure, this pandemic has been disruptive and led to widespread cancellations, but it hasn’t cancelled our humanity.
Most Americans have risen to the challenge and we’ve seen it bring out the best in us.
I’m sure there are similar positive stories where you live and I’d love to hear them.
Share in the comment section below what your community is doing to help and lift people up.