In the last two weeks I have seen such goodness in America. Neighbor helping neighbor. While my Cousin Berinda has been diagnosed with COVID19 and fighting for her life, churches, Aglow International, strangers and family have reached out with prayers and encouragement. Her family had a “Red for Berinda” Day on Friday, and we all wore red and posted to her page, so when she comes through this she will know the love extended her way. One of my friends in New Zealand even carpeted her living room red to remind herself to pray.
A plane load of nurses flew to New York yesterday from Atlanta to help with the crisis shortage of medical personnel. Franklin Graham is commissioning Chaplains to the hospitals. He set up a Unit across the street from Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York when he heard the heartfelt cries of loved ones dying alone. “When you know there’s no chance for their survival, we’ll take them. They will have someone with them as they die, someone who will pray for and comfort them.”
As Delivery Drivers are bringing Amazon packages, people are leaving toilet paper and hand sanitizers on their front porches for them to take. General Motors put their factory on hold to use the equipment to make ventilators. Breweries are making hand sanitizers. NBA basketball players have been writing checks to pay for Arena staff to have paychecks. Schools like Arbuckle Elementary have kitchens and have been making hot lunches for children to pick up curbside. Schools around the nation are having drive-by parades to wave at their school children. Others are posting hearts and Teddy bears in their windows to show they care.
One lady had gone into IGA to buy much needed groceries, and her debit card was declined. The line was backed up to the fruit and vegetable section. She checked her wallet and only had $32 cash for the $160 in groceries. She told the clerk she would have to put all the food back. Then a miracle! Everybody in line including the Customer Service Manager took out cash and handed it to her. She was overwhelmed with the goodness of humanity.
My friend Marlena Sparkman in Willows is having elementary children write to the Easter Bunny and replying with letters and postcards. They are planning an Easter Parade by car while practicing social distancing.
People are either buying restaurant food or gift certificates to help local businesses. Vendors are having on-line parties and vendor events. Buy from locals rather than Amazon and help your own community people out.
I’ve been calling family, businesses, neighbors and clients to check in with them. I talked to a neighbor I barely know whom I met at a Vendor event. She was so scared and had no idea of how to protect her home. Health issues put her at risk. I spent 30 minutes suggesting ways to sanitize and protect herself. I ended by reading Psalm 91 and praying with her. All simple ideas to show goodness abounds.
■ Loraine Joy is a small business owner and Arbuckle resident. Contact Loraine at email@example.com