Hello, everyone! After a bit of an unscheduled pause, my end-of-week round-up of some of the many positive things happening around the world right now is BACK!
First of all, thank you so very much for sticking with me during this recent pause in posting. After kicking off Mental Health Awareness Week at the start of last week, I suddenly realized that I’d been pushing myself to be way too productive, way too often as of late, and that I was in fact feeling a bit burnt-out. After a good rest and a bit of self-care, I was then able to celebrate my big 3-0 (GASP!) feeling much more like myself. (I suppose I took a little bit of extra time off for that too – and I’m much better for it!)
Anyway, that’s quite enough about me. On to the good stuff, eh?
Wishing you all joy and contentment in the week ahead.
+ 100-year-old British-Bangladeshi man Dabirul Islam Choudhury has raised over £200,000 for the Ramadan Family Commitment’s COVID-19 Crisis Initiative by walking laps of his garden whilst fasting during the holy month. The funds will be used to support vulnerable Muslims in both the UK and Bangladesh who have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (via Upworthy)
+ Two rival gangs in Cape Town, South Africa have agreed to a truce and teamed up to collect and distribute food and essential items to others in need as their country responds to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the aid of pastor Andie Steele-Smith. (via Good News Network)
+ A U.S. Postal Service worker has been leaving handwritten notes and gift cards for 2020 graduates along his route in New Hampshire after noticing ‘2020 Graduate’ signs springing up in neighborhood yards over the past few weeks. Feeling for the high school seniors who would not be able to walk across their respective graduation stages due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Joshua Crowell said he wanted to do something to help brighten each student’s day. (via CBS News)
+ 10-year-old Chelsea Phaire from Connecticut has been collecting art supplies for vulnerable children and adults and has so far donated over 1,500 kits to homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and children in foster care during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (via Good News Network)
+ As many hospitals and care facilities continue to restrict visitation during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, one New Jersey man who recently lost his father has donated dozens of iPads to hospitals and care facilities so that patients and residents can stay connected during these especially challenging and unusual times. (via CBS News)
+ More than 400 low-income, first generation university graduates in California have just had their student debt paid off thanks to an $8 million gift made by anonymous donors. (via Good News Network)
+ A small-town bakery in Minnesota has been giving away hundreds of graduation cakes to the families of graduating high school seniors across the region, with many schools having had to cancel official ceremonies due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (via CNN International)