Good News!! (& happy stories), March 21, 2020

Social distancing means more time with family. That’s a good thing!

Out of the bad, there is much good.

Family friends Liam Elkind, 20, a junior at Yale University and Simone Policano, 25, an actor, producer and Yale graduate, have come together in their city of New York, braving pharmacies and grocery stores to pick up necessities for the old and at-risk.

In just days, their new organization, Invisible Hands Deliver, has 2,700 volunteers.

Elkind and Policano launched a website where people can request medicine, food and supplies that will be shopped for and dropped off for free.

Young Investment Company, based in Jonesboro, Arkansas, won’t collect rent from its restaurant tenants amid coronavirus, instead, asking them to “pay your employees and take care of your family.”

“Stay strong. We will get through this together!” according to a message from the company’s Facebook page.

What could be better than a family who loves you?

Today is my daughter’s 23rd wedding anniversary! How did the years fly by so quickly? Thank God that their lives have been fulfilled in a happy marriage!

Amazing story!

A pregnant cow who survived Hurricane Dorian and swam 4 miles back to shore last September has given birth to its “sea” calf.

The calf, whose photo was posted Monday on Facebook by Cedar Island, North Carolina, resident Ricky Daniels, has white fur and one brown eye and one blue eye — a rare phenomenon known as heterochromia iridis that is shared by some animals.

Full story at USA Today.

Fun idea!

Since most nursing homes are no longer allowing visitors due to the Coronavirus, it has become difficult for senior residents to stay connected to their families.

That’s why Jill Ashworth Valadao and Sarah Otis Firth launched “FaceTime for Nana”.

Firth, who lives in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, said she was browsing her newsfeed on Facebook when a photo made her cry. An adult daughter was standing outside the window of her mother’s room at a nursing home, holding a white board as her only means of communication.

“I thought these poor people in the nursing homes; they’re so scared and isolated. I wish I could get a bunch of iPads to give to them,” she told The Standard Times.

Firth reached out to her friend, Jill Valadao, to see if she was interested in starting a fundraiser together to buy iPads for nursing homes so the residents could use FaceTime to chat with family and friends.

Valadao jumped at the opportunity to help.

She created the Facebook fundraiser page “FaceTime for Nana” on March 17 with a goal of $300, enough to purchase one iPad.

As of Saturday morning, Firth and Valadao had raised nearly $5,000.

The first three iPads were carefully delivered by Firth and Valadao Friday morning to Autumn Glen’s memory unit in Dartmouth and Alden Court Nursing Care and Royal of Fairhaven Nursing Center in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

Full story:

With more people working from home, the unexpected can happen.

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9 Responses to Good News!! (& happy stories), March 21, 2020

  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    Lovely, lovely stories, stella–God bless you! More of this, please!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. litenmaus says:

    …..thanks for the ‘feel goods’ Stella….much appreciated.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. JTR says:

    I’m sure that I’m not the only one that needed this today! Thanks, Stella!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. czarina33 says:

    Happy anniversary!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. czarina33 says:

    Czar’s grandson just said his first word today: apple.

    Liked by 1 person

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