It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for a fresh dose of positive news stories from this week! I hope that this round-up of rather nice things brings a smile to your face and a sprinkling of joy to your spirit as well.
+ Last week, a Michigan man stood out in front of a gas station with a sign, offering to pay to fill the gas tanks of medical workers commuting to nearby Detroit Medical Center as a thank you for their continued service. By day’s end, the man had spent nearly $1000 of his savings and helped fuel an estimated 50-80 cars. (via Good News Network)
+ The owner of The Sand Bar of Tybee Island, Georgia decided to remove every dollar bill decorating her now-shuttered establishment from ceiling to floor and give the money to her currently out-of-work staff to help them get by. It took 3 days to remove all of the bills, but ultimately $3,714 was gathered up. A few donations came in as well, bringing the total up to $4,104. Each employee will get around $600 to help them stay afloat until businesses like theirs can re-open. (via CBS News)
+ Miss England, Bhasha Mukherjee, trained as a respiratory specialist prior to taking a career break to compete in Miss World, then embark upon a charity trip to her birthplace of India. Watching recent events unfold in the UK from afar, she opted to wrap up her international humanitarian work early and return to work as a junior doctor with the NHS. She’ll be based out of Boston Pilgrim Hospital in Lincolnshire starting from next week. (via BBC News)
+ A 16-year-old young man has been using his flying lessons to deliver personal protective equipment such as masks and medical gowns to rural hospitals across Virginia, making weekly runs since the end of March. (via Good News Network)
+ Several billionaires have donated in a variety of ways to fund novel coronavirus research and relief. Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey has pledged $1 billion, approximately 28% of his total wealth, to a charitable fund called Start Small which will work towards global COVID-19 relief. Additionally, Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos has pledged to donate $100 million to food bank charity Feeding America. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has also donated $100 million towards finding a COVID-19 vaccine. (via The Guardian)