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Let's make a thread with heartwarming things that have happened during this time. People pulling together, helping each other.

Like this:

https://www-bbc-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/technology-51911070?amp_js_v=a3&_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQFKAGwASA%3D#aoh=15845685786733&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&_tf=From%20%251%24s&share=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fnews%2Ftechnology-51911070
 
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Great news, thought I'd share - my daughter's employer who finally decided she couldn't stay open has decided to pay all her employees, through the week, so they'll be out one less week of pay. I think that's incredibly generous, for a small business owner!
 
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Can I brag on my hubby, John for a sec? We had a couple things we needed from the store, so he took the last $20 we had on hand (only till payday, at the end of the month - we're fine), to get them. He noticed they actually had toilet paper, and bought a 6pack, just in case some of our neighbors needed it. As soon as he got home, he had me contact a couple of them, to see if they were in need of anything - including, but not limited to tp. I just KNEW I finally got the right guy!

P.S. Please don't tell him I 'ratted him out', on this - he gets really embarrassed, about this kind of recognition. šŸ˜‰
 
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A gentleman from our little country church was out on his utility vehicle this morning to check on his cows, and stopped in here to check on us, and make sure we had enough food (we do - Iā€™m a prepper from way back).  Most of the people weā€™ve met since we moved to Kentucky have been really nice, and the folks at our church are great.

And the prepper forum I use for news has a number of medical people on it.  A couple have mentioned that they were desperately in need of masks, and other members volunteered to send masks from their supplies.  (I donā€™t have a lot of medical stuff stored up; itā€™s one of my weak areas.). These masks were purchased a long time ago, in most cases, so did not contribute to the current shortages.  (This is one of the biggest reasons for being prepared ahead of time, and why I hate to see prepping criticized!)
 
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My bosses are paying me through April. Then he said we'd have to see where things stand. I have only been back from maternity leave since January and now they're paying me to be at home again. I have the best bosses ever.

There are lots of groups in my area for people who need things. Lots of, "I have eggs and this meat or that thing if you need it" going on.
 
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Here in UK, the elderly in care homes are told that they cannot receive visitors....so imagine their delight, when....
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-51931554

 
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Good news/heartwarming stories?

I have a mixture of personal and public stories.

- The Go trains, subways, and freeways in Toronto are apparently practically empty during rushhour, indicating people are following the recommendations to stay home if at all possible and slowing the spread.
- A BUNCH of distilleries around Canada and the world are manufacturing hand sanitizer for free for first responders and medical professionals, or for with proceeds going to a charity for the public. Here's a few:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/dillons-distillers-1.5500843 ; https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/toronto-distillery-produces-free-hand-sanitizer-for-vulnerable-residents-1.4858620 ; https://eatnorth.com/dan-clapson/victoria-distillers-begins-producing-free-hand-sanitizer-during-covid-19-crisis
- My work has finally cancelled all international travel.
- I am self isolating, as I am immunocompromised and plan to go home to stay with my mom and grandma, who are also immunocompromised and even more at risk than I am. My boss didn't argue when I told him what I was planning, and I have so far had three people offer to help with groceries or anything I need, including two colleagues and my downstairs neighbour. I am very grateful, and very, very lucky.
- My 95 year old grandmother has agreed to self isolate and not leave her apartment for 2 weeks  (huge accomplishment for my social butterfly grandmother) while my mother and I self isolate to make sure we are safe, then bring her to stay with us
- My last minute prepping Amazon, seed, and shampoo orders look like they will arrive soon!
 
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maybe not directly related but it might be inspiration to some.

during the black plague Newton and the other students were sent home from school and it was then that he invented calculus.
 
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Wow, truly uplifting stuff here.

I ran across this headline:  Arkansas property owner tells restaurants to pay employees instead of rent.


I'm not from Arkansas, but how cool is that?

And have you seen the stories of fish and dolphins enjoying the Venice canals while the people stay home? Were there other stories of swans?
Silver Lining: Animals Now Frolicking in Venice Canals

(dolphin picture source)
 
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Loyal customer leaves $2500 tip for restaurant staff right before virus caused closure

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/customer-left-2500-tip-for-staffers-before-covid-shutdown/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=19-03-2020
 
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I liked this and thought it might fit here:

"...Years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture. The student expected Mead to talk about fishhooks or clay pots or grinding stones.

"But no. Mead said that the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a femur (thighbone) that had been broken and then healed. Mead explained that in the animal kingdom, if you break your leg, you die. You cannot run from danger, get to the river for a drink or hunt for food. You are meat for prowling beasts. No animal survives a broken leg long enough for the bone to heal.

"A broken femur that has healed is evidence that someone has taken time to stay with the one who fell, has bound up the wound, has carried the person to safety and has tended the person through recovery. Helping someone else through difficulty is where civilization starts, Mead said."

We are at our best when we serve others. Be civilized.




Yesterday I learned that a Seattle area credit union, Boeing Employees Credit Union, is offering 0% loans for its members during the crisis. Very cool.

 
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Oh my goodness.

There is a probiotic bacteria on sea buckthorn / seaberry (which is a very permie friendly plant already due to being perennial, nitrogen fixer, and a super high anti-oxidant, tasty berry!) that they are studying not only in relation to inhibiting COVID-19, but also AIDS, hepatitis and Ebola! Wow, just wow.

http://m.koreabiomed.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=7744

That's some exciting news right there.
 
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My Mom is on Nextdoor, which is kind of like Facebook for neighborhoods. She says there are tons of posts from people offering help with childcare, supply runs, etc.
 
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The Inhabit film, which is really inspiring about permaculture designs, is now available for free streaming due to the crisis.

http://inhabitfilm.com/



 
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This is heartwarming....from one so young too!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-51907474
 
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Here's a loveliness:  Seattle restaurants are keeping hospital staff fed ā€” and picking up the tab

Here are hospital staff applauding the donated meals from the Matador restaurant:


Later in the article, the Herbfarm is also interviewed about how its donating meals to hospitals, too.

Paul and I dined at the Herbfarm a few years ago and made a podcast about it:  https://permies.com/wiki/19839/Podcast-HerbFarm-Restaurant.
 
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Aw, someone in Missoula is offering to help!

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What we can do to help. Great article and the comments are full of lots of ideas and things people are already doing to help each other
https://www.frugalwoods.com/2020/03/20/how-we-can-help-out-during-a-global-pandemic-resources-ideas-and-encouragement/?utm_source=frugalwoods&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=post-email
 
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Louis Vuitton stops making perfume in order to make hand sanitiser, free to French hospitals:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/coronavirus-latest-hand-sanitiser-louis-vuitton-lvmh-france-shortage-a9403721.html

Pernod/ Ricard a popular French alcoholic drink, donates 70,000l of alcohol to make hand sanitising gel (link in French):

https://www.huffingtonpost.fr/entry/coronavirus-pernod-ricard-donne-70000-litres-dalcool-pour-fabriquer-du-gel-hydroalcoolique_fr_5e727f8cc5b6f5b7c53d5e14
 
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Hi,
I do have a cheering story about people sticking together in this crazy time.

Yesterday I got an email from Mushroom Mountain, a very reputable company I am sure the mycologists permies all know of.

In it were three links to online resources or bloggy type things, also an article on effective herbal medicine treatments for Covid 19 infection.The first one is the kind of article I like, physiological path ways morphology of cells then the plants that will protect or otherwise promote health.

I am sure there is a thread maybe  whole forum for plant medicine,but I can't find my way to   anything much since the change in the website years ago, and I know there are plenty of people who can put the links in a better place if they belong there.

What is encouraging is that this resource just popped up when I needed it


1.Stephen Harrod Buhner, 2020, HERBAL TREATMENT FOR CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS, retrieved from https://www.stephenharrodbuhner.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/coronavirus.txt.pdf

follow up article by Stephen: https://www.stephenharrodbuhner.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/coronaupdate.pdf

2.Dani Ramaekers, Sep 2019, How To Boost Your Immune System, https://www.manukahealth.co.nz/en-nz/get-inspired/health-wellbeing-blog/how-to-boost-your-immune-system/

3.Text quoted from https://planetherbs.com/blogs/lesleys-blog/coronavirus-herbal-prevention-and-treatment/
 
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And here is something a little more story like:

I live in a very small town, and the population is prettty dispersed.  We have a very strange and almost adequate grocery store... a cafe and a few other food establishments, but they are only marginally open at this point.


We also have a tiny shop open 3 days a week with legal and freshly prepared food, to take home and eat.   Some folks are surprized it is still open, but it is staffed by volunteers, one of whom brought in an essential oil diffuser with the appropriate blend, the research shows it to have been effective.

Many of our community members are elders, and also live alone.  As things shut down, isolation also becomes a risk.  

Volunteers are keeping the shop open with more on the shelves than the things I have seen on TV, and there is a phone  tree starting to call the elders who to keep themin touch with the community,

And now, with the article mentioned in the previous post, we will begin to assemble the supplies needed for treatment if people in our isolated community do become infected.... sorry, I should say when.  But that's just my opinion.    I am not all knowing.
 
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Hospitals are starting to ask for sewers to make fabric masks.  They wonā€™t be used by the most at-risk personnel, but can be used in less-risky area to save the more effective masks for the people who need them most.  They want people to use at least four layers of tightly woven cotton fabric.  I have a good-sized fabric stash and am going to sort through it tomorrow and see if I have anything that would work.  I have some elastic, and plenty of thread.  Mentioned it to my middle daughter, because for a while she was sewing cute bags to sell, and she said she knows someone there who is already making masks.  They are needed for cancer patients, too, and anyone else who is immune-compromised.  So there is something useful that those of us who sew can do!
 
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In the UK:

https://www.itv.com/news/2020-03-18/the-good-deeds-making-life-coping-with-coronavirus-pandemic-a-little-easier/
 
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In Italy:

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/03/18/coronavirus-good-deeds-italy/
 
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In Italy:

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/03/18/coronavirus-good-deeds-italy
 
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In the US:

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/21/us/coronavirus-good-deeds-helpers-trnd/index.html
 
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Found this link in my email inbox, today: https://mail.google.com/mail/mu/mp/352/#cv/priority/%5Esmartlabel_promo/17104ca2dfe2731f
 
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I think that, by now, everyone must have heard of the Italians singing from their balconies while being isolated, but it's the little things that matter, the gestures, the kindness that inspire.  Thank you Sonja for starting this thread, we do need heart warming stories and a bit of light in these dark days.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/coronavirus-positive-kindness-italy-singing-corner-shop-elderly-postcard-a9404781.html
 
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I had a pleasant trip to a picked over grocery store. Picture our ancestors going to the store to find out peaches are now in season. What joy!

The only difference is finding those treasures in stock vs in season. Coming out with a nice surprise you didn't walk in to get.

I got fresh strawberries to put in my homemade yogurt. The most exciting was 2 cans of maraschino cherries in a glass jar. Something i haven't eaten in a long time because we focus on eating what we produce. I splurged and brought them home. How exciting!
 
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I dont know that this is heartwarming but it is a good deed from a corporation and maybe if I share it here it will help someone out.

Harbor freight is giving away all of their face masks respirators and disposable gloves.


Only to hospitals that have the person in charge of procurement email them.  Info in attached picture
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Before this crazyness happened my wife and I were only going to the super market once every couple weeks anyways.  (Even tho we had a supermarket within a mile of us).
Well, our shopping habits haven't changed yet.  
She was at the store the other day with a typical full shopping cart of what we needed.
While in line a lady behind her only had a couple of items in her arms and she let her go in front.
Then a gentleman, seriously a gentleman, was in line behind here with again just a few items.  She let him go in front of her also.
As he finished paying for his items, he turned to her and gave her the two bunches of roses he purchased for his wife.  Said he would find something else for her as kindness and caring was very important in these trouble times.
 
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China ships highest quality masks to Italy with poetic message of kinship
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/chinese-company-ships-crates-of-masks-to-italy/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=24-03-2020
 
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here's an uplifting story about how some people organized quickly to try and make a difference

https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/tech/new-technology-platform-launches-to-connect-healthcare-providers-ppe-suppliers
 
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Free recording of 2.5 hour webinar from herbalists Matthew Wood and Phyllis Light, herbal suggestions coronavirus symptoms.  Just superb!

https://www.facebook.com/matthewwoodinstituteofherbalism/videos/870170140089605/
 
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Today I learned that one of my farmer clients, Wild Canary Farm, who couldn't sell his flowers, gave them to the nurses and COVID unit at a local (Seattle area) hospital.



Another small client in the Seattle area was considered a "non-essential" business and were required to shut down. They contacted me about how to keep their health insurance going for their two furloughed employees.

Not many businesses that small would even provide health insurance, let alone make sure it's there in a crisis!

Cool people.

<3 <3 <3

Edited to add the farm name, Wild Canary Farm, because they approved we could share, plus gave us a photo of the nurses with the flowers, below.

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Harborview nurses with Wild Canary Farm flowers
Harborview nurses with Wild Canary Farm flowers
 
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This. So much this!



Edited to add the source because Benjamin Henretig writes some thoughtful words to go with this meme he created.
 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:The Inhabit film, which is really inspiring about permaculture designs, is now available for free streaming due to the crisis.

http://inhabitfilm.com/





Thanks very much - I missed the opportunity to watch this film when it was free before.
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