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Stories to Stay Inspired: #CoronaKindness

23 de marzo de 2020

Inspirational stories of people helping people.

It's all happening - the novel Coronavirus is causing unprecedented disruptions to our daily routines. As a result, many businesses are having to temporarily shut down, employees are being asked to stay home from work and kids are being sent home from school. People around the countryare choosing to self-quarantine, leaving millions of people isolated in their homes. Luckily, it's easier than ever to connect through technology, and many are turning to social media as a means to boost morale, spread joy, or even start a movement. Here are some of our favorite#CoronaKindnessmoments.

The Kids Are at Home

With sudden school closures, many parents are finding themselves struggling to provide structure and activities for their kids during the week. Thankfully,@kristindawnmejiaof Los Angeles posted helpfultips on how to implement a routineduring this unexpected time. For families who depend on schools to feed their children,The Dream Centeris here to help — they're offeringfree mealsto students of Los Angeles Unified Public School District.@lausdteachersonstrikealso points to freeeducational sitesso kids can continue their education while at home.

Good Deeds in Bad Times

Sometimes a bad situation can bring out the best in people. The NBA may have suspended its season, but New Orleans player Zion Williamsonagreed to pay the salariesof all the employees of the Smoothie King Center in his home team arena. In France, the conglomerate LVMH is using its Dior and Givenchy perfume factories to makefree sanitizer for healthcare workers. But even a small act of kindness can make a big difference — that's why@tinykindnessesin Spanish Fork, Utah, has been posting inspirational stories, like the one abouta substitute teacherwho got a random Venmo from a friend, giving her the means to buy groceries for the week.

Keep on Moving

In times of isolation, it's easy to forego physical activity, but it's never been more important to keep moving. In one uplifting post,@mommydearestincreposted a video of a fitness instructor in Spainteaching a classfrom a rooftop for all those nearby in isolated apartments. Many people in the wellness community are stepping up and providing free programming, like@j.a.y.m.i.c.u.ein Bristol, England, who is offeringfree yoga classes online. On the flip side, many gyms and studios are having to temporarily close their doors due to the pandemic, so if you have the means, consider buying digital classes to help boost their sales. Not only will you be supporting a local business, but you can practice at a chic boutique studio, like LA'sLove Yoga, from the comfort of your living room!

Starting a Movement

In communities around the world, healthy young individuals are attempting to help their vulnerable neighbors in any way they can. In London, a woman posted aletterin her building offering to run errands for the elderly or disabled. In Brooklyn, N.Y., people are putting upsignsoffering help to those with compromised health. This type of activity has started to snowball in the best way possible. In a single post on Twitter,@jessica_breslinof Washington, D.C., started amovementof 1,200-plus volunteers, offering to walk dogs, pick up prescriptions or provide whatever service is needed to reduce or eliminate face-to-face contact for those who are most vulnerable.

Want to join the movement? Check out their Facebook pageaquí. And don't forget to share your inspirational stories using #CoronaKindness!

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