ROLESVILLE, N.C.—Schools have shut down because of the coronavirus. Many students are excited about the time off, others have taken this opportunity to catch up on some much needed texting.
But it’s not all fun and games in Wake County. A lot of local students depend on the daily meals from the school cafeteria.
Tracie Sanchez, principal of Harris Creek Elementary School, said, “For many of us we don’t have to worry about [meals], but we do have students, and those ARE their meals. We need to make sure that they eat.”
So that’s exactly what her people have been doing. School district workers helped in a community food drive yesterday. They collected 10 truckloads full of food in just a few ticks of a clock. That’s enough food for nearly 150 local families.
If you would like to donate, great. Or, if you want to bring the volunteers some hot donuts, that would be fine too. Glazed. Lots of them.
ANAHEIM, Calif.—Disney shut down its theme parks, and I know you were probably wondering the same thing I’m wondering: “What the heck happens to all those delicious corn dogs you buy inside the Disneyland park?”
Well, this is kind of cool. All Disney’s excess food is getting donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, an organization that feeds roughly 250,000 people each month. That’s 3 million mouths per year. That’s almost as many people who stand in line for the “It’s a Small World” ride.
Disney also announced that during the shutdown, they will continue to pay cast members such as Goofy, Mickey, Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, and Mick Jagger.
HOUSTON, Texas—John is 8 years old, and has taken to singing over the phone. He is dialing the numbers on his mother’s cellphone contact list in hopes of cheering them up.
After all, John explained, everyone is stuck indoors, and that’s boring. He should know, John has had some extended stays in hospitals over the past few years due to lymphoma.
“He sings whatever he wants,” said John’s mother. “I only let him go for about thirty seconds. I told him to just be polite and make sure people actually wanna hear him sing before he gets going.”
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Just about everything is closed in Ohio. Life sucks for anyone in food service. Ever since the governor ordered the closing of bars and restaurants, most servers, cooks, dishwashers, and general managers have been stuck at home, wondering how they’re going to pay bills.
Right before Coaches Bar and Grill closed its doors, a customer left a $2500 tip on a table. Benny Leonard, the restaurant owner, says the customer’s total bill was less than $30.
The anonymous customer asked for the tip to be divided among staff members equally.
“Tears, tears of joy,” said Benny. “An unbelievable act of kindness on a pretty weird day.”
DURHAM, N.C.—Becky Hoeffler is working from home, just like everybody else. But on Becky’s lunch breaks, she visits supermarkets to shop for groceries for anyone who needs them.
She got this idea when she was talking to her 91-year-old grandfather. He said he needed to go to the store, and this got Becky thinking. The next day, she put up a flyer in her neighborhood and the rest is history. Since then she has been busy purchasing important emergency items for locals, such as sweet banana bread for her neighbor, Miss Patti.
Becky told interviewers, “Being able to help your neighbor is one of the most American things you can do.”
She wants nothing in return for her services.
WASHINGTON D.C.—Eleven-year-old Bella is walking dogs for elderly people in her neighborhood who are staying inside. Bella loves dogs, but her mother won’t let her have one because their apartment is too small and dogs are notorious for pooping.
“She’s having fun,” her mother said. “But I think Bella’s finally seeing how much work is involved with dogs, maybe we can finally put the issue to rest.”
Bella said this job has been very educational, and it has actually taught her about the realities of dog ownership. When her mother asked Bella what she’s learned, she answered, “I’ve learned that I want three dogs instead of just one.”
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—In the North Knoxville Historic District, amidst the antique houses and ornate street lamps, you might see a bunch of volunteers walking the sidewalks.
Wave to them when you drive by. These are people running errands for anyone who needs help. The volunteers deliver groceries, make pharmacy runs, and even prep meals and casseroles.
The group is headed up by Kelly Arsenault, who said, “Our goal is just to help our neighbors in need.”
They call themselves the “Kindness Committee.” Which is a great name, don’t get me wrong. But I came up with other nicknames for their door-to-door organization while doing research for this column. I came up with: “The Knoxville Knockers,” “Knox in a Box,” “I Hear You Knoxville, But You Can’t Come In,” and of course, “The Tennessee Volunteers.”
I want royalties.
Anyway, you’re probably wondering what you just read here. The answer is, not much. You’ve read an average man’s attempt at trying to cheer you up. The universe is going through hell right now, and I know you’re probably feeling anxious about it. So I just wanted you to know that no matter how bad it gets, there is an angel born every minute.
In fact, you might be one.