As you may have noticed, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of stress to many people and businesses throughout the United States. When there are tough stressful times like this, it can be tough to see the good things going on in the world. Even though times are hard, we must remind ourselves to count our blessings and find other ways to get through the hardships. Thankfully many individuals are doing just that. Here are a few positive stories to check out!
Former homeless man providing sinks, water, and soap to help protect those on the streets from the coronavirus
Terence Lester, executive director of Love Beyond Walls placing portable sinks with soap and water around Atlanta where the homeless congregate. Lester used to be a homeless teenager himself, so he understands the hardships that many homeless people face. With the news COVID-19 rapidly spreading, he was concerned with how the homeless will protect themselves. He found a solution with portable washbasins that are sold for RVs and camping. These sinks have a foot pump to bring water from a 5-gallon tank to the faucet. A soap dispenser is built into each station.
The Love Beyond Walls team picks up the sinks daily to clean them and refill each unit with water and soap. The nonprofit is raising money to place more sinks in the city and to ship them across state lines to other homeless communities. Grammy-winning artist Lecrae and Reach Records are provided the first 15 portable sinks. Read more about his story from CNN!
Chicago-area residents making masks for healthcare workers
An Oswego tattoo parlor heard the call and they’re taking the ink out of their needles, using them instead to make masks and giving them away free to those who need them most.
Mask making is a family affair at a Beecher alterations shop. Ana Tristan’s Go Fund Me page is raising money to support her mask-making operation.
“I can’t make the N95 masks, but when I saw that CDC was recommending bandanas, I thought I can make something better than bandanas,” said Tristan.
They’re filling over 100 requests right now.
“The word started to spread and I was like, ‘I can either run my business or I can do this,’ and the more I heard about the need I decided to do this,” she said. Read more about this on Fox 32 News!
Community Over Competition! Batter N Berries and Shawn Michelle Team up!
It’s refreshing to see that businesses are still supporting each other and not tearing each other apart during these times. Batter N’ Berries and Shawn Michelle’s Ice Cream are two well-known black-owned restaurants in the Chicago land area. They have to come together to create delicious breakfast and brunch dishes. Some of the dishes offered at the pop-ups include Strawberry Bourbon Cobbler French toast, Roasted Salmon Croquettes, and Corned Beef Hash. Make sure you follow them on social media to stay up to date with their specials.