The worst of times bring out the best of good deeds in people.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to change the way we live, work, and play. Now, we’re more physically separated from our neighbors than ever before.
However, in times of darkness and uncertainty, humanity has a way of showing up in spades.
This has been especially evident over the course of the last few weeks. We’ve seen countless good deeds emerge as people look for ways to find and spread sunshine amid the storm clouds. In an era where we can’t reach out with our hands, we’re going overboard with our hearts.
Authors and artists teach online.
Authors and artists in all areas of media are logging on and pitching in to offer their talents online. A few of our favorites include:
- Children’s author Mo Willems’ Lunch Doodles series
- Playwright Lauren Gunderson’s playwriting classes on Facebook Live
- The Body Coach’s Joe Wicks’ home PE lessons for kids
- Countdown’s Carol Vorderman daily math lessons
- Dolly Parton’s “Goodnight With Dolly” weekly bedtime stories
In addition, musicians from Sheryl Crow to Paul Simon are posting in-home concerts for free on their various social media profiles. This list includes a few of the very best ones to follow. This is a great chance to expose your children to music, art, and literature they might have otherwise missed!
Audible gives away free children’s books.
With schools closed and playdates canceled, this is understandably a confusing and stressful time for children all around the world. They’re at home, learning online, and more than a little bored.
To do their part, Audible has made hundreds of its children’s books accessible to parents online, all free of charge. Their explanation is simple and poignant: “For as long as schools are closed, we’re open.”
You can access the titles, which are available in six different languages, right on the Audible platform.
Edgecove Drive Neighbor Check
Amid mandates to socially distance and self-isolate, many people are realizing the importance of checking on their neighbors. This is especially true in the Dallas-Fort Worth neighborhood of Edgecove Drive.
A group of moms in the District 10 area recently created a mailer for the community, asking residents to choose from a checklist of things they might need as they wait out the outbreak at home. Calling themselves the “Edgy-Edgecove Mommas,” the women labeled the mailer “CORONAVIRUS: Neighbors Helping Neighbors” and shared them with residents, paying particular attention to the elderly living nearby.
From food delivery and paper products to toiletries and medicine pickups, the list was exhaustive and even included a place at the bottom for residents to write their own requests.
Celebs become fans of rising stars.
How many tiny dancers were gearing up for a springtime recital? What about theater students practicing for their big production or trumpet players getting ready to rock the band competition?
These were the questions plaguing celebrities like Jennifer Garner, Lin Manuel-Miranda, and Laura Benanti as the coronavirus forced schools to close and extracurriculars came to a halt.
In response, they pitched in to give kids all over the world the chance to showcase their talents to a captive audience. They created special hashtags to use and asked them to post videos of their performance on social media so they could watch.
Garner’s hashtag is #heyjenlookatme, while Manuel-Miranda and Benanti’s is #SunshineSongs. Find them on Instagram, and we dare you not to smile.
Gyms offer free virtual classes.
You might not be able to go to the gym, but your favorite brick-and-mortar workout spots are bringing the sweat to your living room.
To help you wiggle out the worries and keep your immune system healthy, gyms across the nation are offering free, at-home workouts for as long as we’re forced to stay indoors.
For instance, if you’re used to visiting Dallas’ Life Time gym, you can now access at-home versions of your favorite workouts, all for free! Along the same lines, both members and non-members of 24 Hour Fitness can now access more than 1,500 free workouts via the gym’s personalized training app, 24GO.
Similar offers include:
- Planet Fitness: Free daily “Work-Ins” on Facebook Live at 5:00 p.m. MDT
- Orangetheory: Free daily workouts on website
- Peloton (virtual cycling and non-cycling workouts): Free 90-day trials
- Daily Burn (virtual workouts): Free 60-day trials
- ClassPass: More than 2,000 free audio and video workouts
Feeling a little out of sorts? There’s never been a better time to lace up your sneakers, hop online, and move your body.
Disneyland donates excess food
The Happiest Place on Earth might be temporarily shuttered, but that doesn’t mean it’s not in the business of spreading joy.
The external communications manager of Disneyland Resort revealed in a recent blog post that the theme park is investing in everyday good deeds; donating all of its excess food inventory to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
This means a smorgasbord of items, including fruit and veggies, dairy, packaged goods, and banquet meals are going to serve a direct, local need. On the East Coast, Disney World is also following suit, donating its excess food to local food banks.
Find inspiration and hope in these good deeds.
It’s true that we’re living through one of the most complicated and unnerving times in history. However, it’s all too easy to focus on the dark side of the situation, especially when we’re inundated with it around the clock.
It’s important to remember that while the current crisis might seem overwhelming, the power of human connection is stronger and infinitely resilient. Let’s let these thoughtful acts inspire us to see how we can bring hope and help to our neighbors and keep the acts of kindness moving forward.
If you need anything from our office during this time, don’t hesitate to contact us today.