Last Sunday, I posted a round-up of some of the past week’s more positive news stories from around the globe, hoping to spread a bit of cheer during these strange times. It was a joy to put together. I actually found more nice news nuggets than I quite knew what to do with! It was also a joy to share. It was so lovely to hear from some of you, both friends and strangers alike, about how you appreciated the reminder of all the good that is happening in the world right now.
With all this in mind, I want to keep things rolling. And so, here is another installment of Positive News Stories From This Week!
Please do drop a comment below to say hello or share a story I’ve missed of something lovely that has happened this week. It would also be lovely to hear what some of you are up to during lockdown. Working from home? Tinkering with a personal creative project? Learning something new? It’s all good, and I’d love to hear about it. In the meantime, please do take care of yourselves.
+ A host of restaurants, fast food establishments, and other businesses are giving front line responders free food, drinks, and useful goods over the coming weeks. The tasty tokens of gratitude include Starbucks coffees, Krispy Kreme doughnut dozens, and Tropical Smoothie, uh, smoothies. The list of participating businesses around the world grows each day. (via Good News Network, Thrillist)
+ A café owner in Australia who has had to temporarily close his business due to the novel coronavirus outbreak decided to take action to help those left unemployed by ongoing world events, withdrawing $10k in cash from his bank account and spending an afternoon handing out $100 bills to those in line at his local social services centre. (via Good News Network)
+ Across the UK, an army of volunteers work hard to keep the frontline workers and the most vulnerable members of their communities fed. In Slough, volunteers from the Slough Islamic Trust and the local Sikh community have organized an expansive network of food parcels, shopping, and hot meals for people and families of any faith or none within their area who are in need. At Manorfield Primary School in east London, local chefs have been volunteering their time to come in and make school lunches for the children who still do have to come into school during the lockdown. And in Glasgow, local artisans have raised over £7000 for their area food bank through a Maker’s Raffle. (via The Guardian)
+ An anonymous Maryland mother has been making healthy sack lunches and leaving them on a tent-sheltered table each day. A sign attached to the table reads: ‘For anyone who needs it… I will be leaving some healthy sack lunches on this table for you if you are hungry and need to eat. Made with love by a neighborhood mom in a clean and sanitized kitchen.’ (via Good News Network)
+ Pop star Taylor Swift has donated funds to help a struggling independent record store in her adopted hometown of Nashville continue to pay for its employees’ wages and health insurance for the next three months while they remain shut following recent devastating tornadoes and the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Grimey’s New & Preloved Music is a beloved local institution in Music City, USA. (via Rolling Stone)
+ Country music star Dolly Parton has donated $1 million to the Medical Centre of my alma mater, Vanderbilt University, to aid its work in researching a cure for the novel coronavirus. In addition, the Imagination Library founder will be doing a weekly video series, Goodnight with Dolly, during which she’ll read bedtime stories ‘to offer a distraction and some comfort for children during these times.’ (via Sky News)