hold on to hope and humanity

Tragedy often plagues history. We remember the wars, the violence, the deaths, the tears. Charles Dickens wrote, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” However, it seemed that only the worst of times was the one everyone cared about.

During these uncertain times, the coronavirus is rich in what will make history. The tone of the world is solemn and looking for any sort of respite seems irresponsible. For the sake of our sanity, we should be remembering the “best of times,” the reasons to hold on to hope, the way that humanity all bound together to triumph over a common enemy.

Doctors, nurses, emergency personnel, first responders are not only risking their own lives, but sometimes even risking those of their loved ones to be able to continue to save people every day. They are our frontline soldiers and they could never get enough appreciation.

However, the country is facing a huge crisis when it comes to access to medical supplies, but the most vital ones are ventilators and face masks. The demand is far more than the supply, so we see companies stepping up and focusing their workforce in helping alleviate some of the panic.

Companies like Ford, GM, Dyson, Embraer, and GE have all turned their focuses into creating ventilators, machines that are used to assist people in breathing. Other companies like Tesla are donating thousands more. In many instances, these machines have been life-saving, so having giant companies be able to use their resources to ensure that hospitals can continue to fight for life is touching.

While these tech companies are helping with treatment, fashion companies are shifting their gears to help with the prevention of the virus. Major fashion moguls like Louis Vuitton, Christian Siriano, Balenciaga, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Zara, Michael Costello, and many others have committed to creating face masks that will prevent the spread of large droplets and contain the spread of the virus better.

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A local handbag designer, Gelareh Mizrahi, has partnered with DJ Khaled to create Protect Those Who Protect Us fund raising money to purchase PPE (personal protective equipment, in the form of N95 masks, goggles, face shields and gloves) for hospitals across the country. The Upcycle Project has recruited seamstresses to help aid the need for face masks as well. And I would be remiss to not bring up the local community groups all over the country handing out food and supplies to those who need it. 

An unlikely benefactor throughout this is also the environment. Each person following health orders to stay home is also reducing their impact on the environment and the result have been the beautiful clear waters of the canals of Venice that are clean enough to see the fish and the humorous deer on the streets of Michigan. Every person simply staying home and minding the health of themselves and others are also helping in the health of future generations.

All over the media, they say these times are “unprecedented.” They add the increasing number of cases, jobs lost, deaths. But what isn’t unprecedented is the human resilience. The fellowship that throughout every difficult time, people are there for people.

We’d love to hear from you! Do you know any individuals or companies you’d like to highlight? We’d love to reach out with a huge thank you!

How you can help

The pandemic is impacting the entire world. It’s never been more urgent to support the global response.

We are giving back to local businesses who are suffering and invite you to partake in supporting local. Across the nation – bars, restaurants, wellness and shopping centers are closing. Services are limited, performers are financially struggling, and personal events such as funerals and weddings are cancelled. We must continue to show our support with each other, as long as you’re keeping your distance. We’re in this together.

Should you want to take action beyond practicing social distancing, there are a bunch of organizations doing good work right now, and you can make a difference in saving and improving lives. Here are a couple of organizations we are supporting in order to combat coronavirus as quickly as possible.

  1. CDC Foundation:
    The Crowdfunding Campaign – www.cdcfoundation.org.
    Your donation to the CDC foundation is funding medical supplies, increasing lab capacity, deploying emergency staffing to US public health agencies, providing support to vulnerable communities, addressing health communication needs, boosting clinical research to improve health outcomes, building capacity and infrastructure for global response efforts, and more.

    Philanthropic and private sector support through individuals, organizations and corporations is critical for use alongside government funding to meet needs that arise in rapidly evolving situations where speed and flexibility are paramount to saving and protecting lives.

              —Judy Monroe, MD, president and CEO, CDC Foundation

     

  2. The World Health Organization (WHO):
    Donate to the COVID-Solidarity Response Fund – www.COVID19ResponseFund.org.
    Leading and coordinating the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. Donations support WHO’s work, including with partners, to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate research and development of a vaccine and treatments for all who need them.
  3. Meals on Wheels:
    Help seniors in need – www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org 
    The growth in our nation’s senior population is outpacing the resources available to serve them, putting their health and well-being in jeopardy. Vulnerable seniors are at the greatest risk amid COVID-19. Local Meals on Wheels programs are on the front lines every day, focused on doing all they can to keep older Americans safe and nourished in communities across the country.
  4. The American Red Cross:
    Give Blood –  https://www.redcross.org/donate/coronavirus-donations.html/ 
    The coronavirus outbreak appears to be keeping Americans from donating blood. Hundreds of blood drives have already been cancelled, but if you’re healthy and still have access to one near your home, the Red Cross is asking that you schedule a time to donate. To be clear, there is no evidence that coronavirus can be spread through blood, and Red Cross employees will employ safety precautions.

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