With so many serious news updates and constant breaking developments, it can be easy these days to feel overwhelmed and miss the more uplifting and positive news that is out there. As your State Senator, I simply can NOT let that happen. There are countless acts of kindness that are constantly happening all around us.
In this email, we plan to discuss some of those positive stories we’ve seen during this pandemic, the ones that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. While these past few weeks of uncertainty have been anxious and scary for many, I think it’s important to talk about the positive. That’s why I’ve been sending out these emails we’re calling
‘Feel Good Friday’.
In the midst of this global crisis, the world has witnessed true acts of heroism and selflessness. We’ve even seen many examples right here in our little portion of the Commonwealth! Neighbors and communities are coming together in ways like never before. It’s been inspiring to see countless people doing good deeds and during these trying times I think it’s important we share these acts of support and kindness to lift spirits. I hope you enjoy the local stories that we’ve featured below.
Do you know someone in the community that you think we should recognize? Please let us know by emailing email@example.com.
I hope you and your family are staying healthy and safe.
Brighten A Day Non-Profit
HELP ISOLATED NURSING HOME RESIDENTS! A Chester County teen started this non-profit to help lonely nursing home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanks to the community's support, this project was covered on CNN this week. Stories about this project were also published on Fox News, Fox29, 6ABC, Daily Local and Patch.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, nursing homes aren't allowing visitors and interaction between seniors within the building are also being limited. Many seniors are feeling lonely, isolated and bored while they can't see their loved ones. YOU can help keep seniors occupied and cheer them up during this uncertain time!
If you are able to, please consider supporting the community's seniors by donating to their GoFundMe campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-elderly-at-nursing-homes-fight-coronavirus or through PayPal at https://brightenaday.weebly.com/donate.html. 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go towards purchasing packs for local nursing home residents.
Brighten A Day, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has already given packs containing a puzzle book, a coloring book, colored pencils, and an uplifting handwritten note to a total of 23 local nursing homes, and is continuing to reach more.
Please visit https://brightenaday.weebly.com/covid-19.html to learn more about this project.
Things didn’t exactly go as planned this year for the Class of 2020. The senior prom, field trips, parties and even the graduation ceremony — all of it was shelved due to a virus that is reportedly so small roughly 100 million copies of it can occupy the tip of a needle. So the folks at Norristown Area High School have been busy coming up with alternative ways to pay tribute to more than 400 graduating seniors.
Sending a huge congratulations to Real Pizza of Narberth who recently celebrated being in business for 50 years. Thank you for being a beloved community staple!
Schools were just shut down, a stay-at-home order was put in place and most businesses and organizations were just beginning to process some of the daunting decisions the future might hold. Before my staff and I could even figure out how to use Microsoft Teams, I received a call from Larry Borden, Founder and CEO of Aardvark Mobile Tours, who wanted to know only one thing - How can we help?
Things quickly came together and next thing you knew, the #PhillyStrong Food Truck was on tour. They’ve stopped at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Einstein Medical Center - Montgomery and to Lankenau Medical Center and many others in the area. Aardvark Mobile Tours, along with other sponsors that Larry has worked with in the past, generously all teamed up and ever since have been providing free meals to hospital staff, first responders and many others fighting COVID-19 on the front lines. It’s been inspiring working with Larry and other local companies that are eager to step up and give back to the healthcare workers and emergency personnel fighting for us every day.
This is a great example of neighbors and community coming together, simply with whatever resources they have, to try and help fellow Pennsylvanians during this unprecedented time. Thank you Larry, thank you Aardvark and thank you to all of those businesses and organizations that continue to step up every day to help us as a community get through this. We are stronger together. We are #PhillyStrong.
Despite Mary Epright being an IT Supervisor and working a full time job from home, she has been busy making masks during her spare time. To date, she has made over 100 masks for community members. The operation started out of concern for her family because her one brother is a Plymouth Meeting cop and her other brother is a Norristown Fire Fighter. Then she started receiving additional requests for masks on social media.
"She was sometimes up half the night working," a family member says. "She did this with love."
Although people have offered to pay her for the masks, she has refused to accept any payment. What a generous act! The recognition is well deserved, Mary.
One of the most famous Philadlephians has lent support to the members of the Lower Merion Police Department. Last Thursday, “Godmother of Soul” Patti Labelle sent three cases of her line of sweet potato pies to thank our hardworking first responders. If you only knew how much this meant, Patti! Thank you!
Nancy Zanince and her daughter Jessie were recently nominated as Everyday Heroes for selflessly devoting their time collecting food, clothing, games, puzzles and all essentials and delivering them to 2 "safe havens" for the homeless in Philadelphia. Way to make our community proud!
One local nonprofit that has been impacted by the pandemic is Historic Yellow Springs, a nearly 300-year-old village located in Chester County. Every year since 1973, Yellow Springs has held a spring Art Show and Sale. In response to the coronavirus, this year’s 47th annual show is being previewed with an online show at www.YellowSprings.org, with Malvern Bank as a major sponsor.
Wayne’s Canvan & Co. Donates Face Masks!
Kathy O’Neil and Lucy Hamilton of Wayne’s newest women’s clothing boutique recently donated handmade face masks to the Radnor Township Police Department. Thanks for your support and hard work!
(Photo Credit: Evan Rosenthal/Triton Benefits and HR Solutions.)
Emergency room staff at Lankenau Medical Center got some barbecue to keep them going as they work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Last Thursday evening, ArdmoreQ BBQ and Triton Benefits & HR Solutions teamed up to donate meals to the hospital's ER workers. In total, 85 meals were donated to the department.
The partnership came about to support health care workers on the front lines of the virus fight.
General Healthcare Resources (GHR), a Montgomery County-based healthcare staffing firm, has introduced its “Our Heroes Wear Masks” philanthropic initiative. Announced in conjunction with Nurses Week (May 6-12), the initiative is a year-long effort to raise funds for Direct Relief, a non-profit organization focusing on securing and distributing masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare facilities and clinicians in need across the globe.
That’s it for the local highlights this week! Please keep the good news coming! We would love to continue to share these admirable stories with the community.
In Other Happy News:
Germany’s Reopening Offers Hope for a Semblance of Normal Life
New York Times
Germany was a leader in the West in taking on the coronavirus pandemic, and then a leader in the calibrated restarting of public life. On Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel had a hopeful message for the nation: The experiment was working.
A coronavirus high school graduation: Seniors to drive cars across Pocono Raceway finish line
The Morning Call
With graduation day approaching and virtually no chance for many Pennsylvania schools to hold the typical ceremonies that seniors deserve, the pressure is on to come up with unique alternatives.
The winner so far is scheduled to occur in the Poconos on June 12.
113-year-old woman becomes one of oldest to survive the coronavirus
Maria Branyas turned 113 on March 4, making her the oldest person in Spain.
She tweeted out the first and last lines of a poem by Mario Benedetti on an account run by her daughter, “How do I let you know that there is always time? How do I let you know that no one sets rules, except life?”
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