Good News to Get You Through the Week

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It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of negative news making headlines. However, challenging situations have also given way to inspiring acts of human kindness.Individuals are going out of their way to help their neighbors, and celebrities are using their influence to raise funds.

Here are four of our favorite stories of businesses and individuals finding creative ways to support their community in difficult times.

1. Nail salons band together to donate masks and gloves.

Masks and gloves are common sanitation items at nail salons. After a pharmacist posted a public plea on Facebook asking for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), a nail salon in Mobile, Alabama responded and urged other salons to do the same, resulting in a donation of more than 134,000 gloves and 23,000 masks for a nearby hospital.

2. Teacher walks five miles per day to deliver school meals.

The coronavirus has meant the closure of schools across the globe. This measure helps keeps students (and their families) safe by lowering their risk of exposure, but it also means low-income students who depended on free school meals might be running short on food. Assistant headteacher Zane Powels took matters into his own hands. Every day, he packs around 100 lunches and carries them along a 5-mile route to deliver them to kids.

3. Facebook hosts a special commencement for 2020 Seniors.

One unfortunate casualty of social distancing measures is that the Senior class won’t get to enjoy many of the rights of passage that have long been associated with graduation. Proms and commencement ceremonies have been cancelled across the nation. As a way to celebrate seniors for their accomplishments, Facebook is broadcasting a nation-wide commencement with the commencement address given by Oprah Winfrey, Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, Lil Nas X, and Simone Biles. The ceremony will acknowledge high schools and colleges in the US by name and include phots and videos of the graduating classes of 2020.

4. Luxury brands switch to manufacturing hand sanitizer.

As most individuals know, disinfectants such as hand sanitizer have been in short supply since the coronavirus started making global headlines. LVMH, the parent company of Louis Vuitton, committed to using its perfume manufacturing facilities to make hand sanitizer instead and delivering it free of charge to health authorities.