Love in the time of Coronavirus

Stories from the battle lines

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Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. We saw a need that needed to be filled, and we stepped in to help. — Benet Wilson

Love through actions.

Doug Lammers, café owner in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is offering meals to needy kids. “We are just a little bitty café in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We aren’t going to solve this whole pandemic, but we are going to do what we can. We are going to do what we can for as long as we can, and if we can’t keep doing it, we’ll find a different way to help.”

In Madrid, Spain, the neighbors of an 80-year-old celebrated her birthday by singing from their apartment windows and delivering a birthday cake to her door.

Mona Helgeland, a Norwegian single mother suffering from a spinal joint disorder with two children started a Facebook Group “Random Acts of Kindness” to inspire people to make and send cards to people quarantined with coronavirus. ““It’s important to stay positive and take care of each other and spread love, not just the virus.”

Joyce Babineau, a 67-year-old supermarket supervisor in Dartmouth, Mass chusetts. “Who would ever have thought that we would be on the front lines?”

Crissy Becker, a truck driver based out of Maine, is running extra-long shifts. “”I’m a mom. Instead of going home, I stayed out driving my truck sometimes 24 hours at a time, lately six weeks. So y’all got what you need. And there are hundreds of thousands more like me but instead of going home are running until we can’t see straight in our tracks.”

Elizabeth Douglas, 45-year-old mom and ICU nurse manager at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, who “tends to patients when there are not enough nurses, makes sure her team has protective equipment and ensures that exhausted workers are taking breaks to eat or even just have “a drink of water.”

The New York Giants are paying for 10 weeks of daycare at the Meadowlands YMCA for first responders putting their lives in danger to battle Covid-19.

Mike Roman, CEO of 3M, and all 3M workers are doubling production of N95 masks to 1.1 billion per year to meet the urgent need of protective protective equipment (PPE) by hospital workers worldwide.

All over the world, engineers are cooperating with 3D-printing experts to print respirator valves, shields, and masks, and Hewlett Packard is offering free downloads of its 3D-printed medical equipment designs.

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“[We] are all now in a crucible that will have profound consequences for how we work and how we act as citizens and neighbors.” — Michele L. Norris

We can all do something.

One of the best ways to overcome feelings of fear, depression, and helplessness is to do something for someone else.

Start from where you are. If you are tech-savvy, open up a Zoom account and start inviting friends and family to participate in shared conversations, meals, games, happy hours, you-name-it (just be sure that your Zoom webinars are password-protected to avoid Zoombombing.)

If you have crayons or colored pencils or other art supplies, get crafty then stick your creation in an envelope, stamp it, and mail it out to someone you admire, or someone who is experiencing special hardships — like a senior in a nursing home.

If you can sew, make face masks using this method and this pattern and share them. Be sure to use ties, instead of elastics, as the elastics won’t hold up in the washing machine.

If you are mobile, check in with someone who isn’t, and offer to run to the store or a take-out meal service for them.

If you are especially brave and underemployed, volunteer outside your home.

Do something.

Then do it again. And again.

Written by

Ethnoecologist and #VanLife Coach exploring humanity, the natural world, and multispecies relationships. More at http://jeaninepfeiffer.com

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