Hello again, everyone – and a very Happy Mother’s Day to those reading this in the States right now.
Today I’m back with a fresh end-of-week news round-up, ready to shine a spotlight on some of the many positive things and acts of kindness continuing to happen around the world during these often uncertain and sometimes stressful times. My wish, as from the very beginning of this lockdown tradition, is that these stories of kindness, community, and hope will add a bit of sunshine to your day. Perhaps you’ll even be inspired to help out a struggling neighbour or stranger in need however you may be able during the week ahead.
Oh, and just in case you happened to miss last weekend’s batch of Positive News Stories, you can find it here.
Thanks for reading!
+ Already struggling with high unemployment rates and a lack of consistent access to running water and sources of nutritious food, the people of the Navajo Nation and Hopi Reservation could be hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. A fundraiser started to provide groceries, water, and other necessities for the most vulnerable among the Navajo and the Hopi has now raised over $3 million as of the time of writing. A sizeable portion of money raised has come from a perhaps unexpected source – the people of Ireland. This incredible act of gratitude was inspired by a previous act of deeply moving generosity by the Choctaw, another native people of America, who not long after having been forcibly removed from their own lands determined to scrape together $170 (about $5k today) to send to the Irish during the potato famine. (via Upworthy)
+ In Santa Cruz, California, an anonymous donor has given $1 million to the staff of the local hospital. Each employee – from the doctors to the nurses, the cleaning staff to the mailroom clerks – will each receive a bonus check from the donated funds in gratitude for their continued service. (via CBS News)
+ 15-year-old Valerie Xu of Addison, Texas has now raised over $7k in order to purchase surgical and N95 masks to the UT Southwestern Medical Center. The teenager, who is Asian American, has said she hopes that her efforts will not only help in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 but also lessen xenophobia. (via CNN International)
+ Some good news for many of California’s isolating elderly as well as for struggling restaurants and their staff as the state launches a new program called ‘Great Plates Delivered.’ With help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the State of California will begin paying now-shuttered restaurants to rehire or retain staff to then prepare and deliver meals to seniors in need. (via Good News Network)
+ After designing a special easy-to-clean, comfortable shoe especially for health care workers, athletics company Nike has donated thousands of the squeaky new sneaks to those working in hospitals across parts of US and Europe hit particularly hard during the on-going pandemic. (via Good News Network)