Although uncertainty and fear dominate the headlines during the COVID-19 crisis, it’s good to take a moment to focus on the good in the world. No politics, no fear-mongering, no hatred, just people coming together to take care of one another at this very difficult time. Here are 16 examples of human kindness to remind you that, despite the unprecedented chaos and dread that this virus spreads, people are still fundamentally good.
Back in 2016 we sponsored a refugee family to come to Canada. Today, knowing that we're self-isolating because of travel, they brought bags of food to my front porch. Beans, dates, noodles, lentils, tahini, veggies, meat, and candy for my kid. So kind… and I'm so grateful♥️😭🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/BksTcxl62y
— Robin Stevenson (@robin_stevenson) March 24, 2020
An Arab immigrant who lives Italy 🇮🇹 and owns a fruit market is giving away fruit for free.
His sign reads: “You welcomed me into your country for 10 years. Today I return my favor to you.” pic.twitter.com/Tw2QYyxNdX
— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) March 29, 2020
— ABC News (@ABC) April 3, 2020
Crying at Winn Dixie. The woman in jeans stepped up and paid for the groceries of the young man in front of her whose card was declined. He was on the phone frantically trying to figure out how to get $$ to pay. “We all have times like this,” she said. People can be amazing ❤️ pic.twitter.com/luZjaSvJI1
— Annie Blanks (@AnniePNJ) March 28, 2020
My daughter went to babysit for a new client. Single mom. Almost no furniture. Water is turned off. Instead of leaving, my daughter said she'd watch the kids for free and texted me: "Dad, can we get her water turned on?" Yes, we can. I love that kid
— not always Sometimes clever (@FrozenChaps) March 28, 2020
This is Wynn, a trainee service dog. He gives comfort and support to the amazing medical staff caring for Coronavirus patients at Rose Medical Center in Denver.
Wynn is a good boy. pic.twitter.com/piYi7WyKxu
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) March 31, 2020
In a locked down city, someone tied a bag of food and water to a pole for stray dogs pic.twitter.com/vXcsH9V9Zp
— Tank’s Good News (@tanksgoodnews) March 25, 2020
Scottish shopkeepers Asiyah Javed and husband Jawad stocked up on #COVID19 supplies before the rush, and are now giving them away for free to elderly/immune compromised folks.
— Jasmin Ramsey (@JasminRamsey) March 13, 2020
My 6th grader emailed her math teacher for some help, so he came over & worked through the problem with her on our front porch. @Chriswaba9 , our neighbor, MMS teacher & MHS Wrestling Coach. #KidsFirst @MadisonMSNews @MarkOsports @dakotasportsnow @dakotanews_now @stwalter20 pic.twitter.com/aniqt2goPB
— Josh Anderson (@DakSt8Football) March 27, 2020
— Elly Griffiths (@ellygriffiths) March 28, 2020
I’ve loaned my ancient terrier to my dad as a #SupportDog during #SelfIsolation. He doesn’t need walks any more – just a garden, love and a lap. I miss him terribly, but this picture made me so happy ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3zCpki0xq4
— Clare Pooley (@cpooleywriter) March 23, 2020
Our street now has a WhatsApp group & this morning one neighbour was struggling with loneliness, so earlier we all had a socially distanced cuppa and chat together. This stuff makes a difference. #lookaftereachother pic.twitter.com/O55V9ubhkP
— Nick Doody (@NickDoody) March 28, 2020
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Apartment residents surprise Charo, in quarantine, on her 80th birthday with a cake then sing happy birthday. The neighbor can be heard saying, “It’s for you—come on out. we all got this for you: We are all out on the patio— go and say hi— come look” before singing to her. ❤️ Video courtesy Nacho Garcia.
Hopefully these examples help remind you that we’re all in this together, and there’s so much we can do. Even the smallest act of kindness can make a huge impact on someone’s life. Let’s all take care of each other, no matter the hardships we face.