The coronavirus crisis has changed our world and the way we live in unprecedented ways. Thousands of lives have been lost. Millions are unemployed. So much has been placed on pause. And in the midst of it all we are isolated, unable to connect in person with our loved ones. Yet there is one powerful, simple way that we can be united and uplifted in deeply meaningful ways: through kindness. “ Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring,” said the late writer Leo F. Buscaglia. ” all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ” The kindness flags are flying in full force these days! Countless acts of kindness—small and grand—are coming from every corner of the country.
We’ve seen distilleries like eabl making hand sanitizer from their supplies of alcohol, grocery stores offering special shopping hours for seniors and at-risk populations, 32 great charities helping those struggling amid the COVID-19 crisis and the youngest members of the royal family clapping for health care workers. To help spread the good news, FOX News will be airing “ America Together,” a special highlighting the inspiring stories of people uniting and lifting each other up during such trying times. The special will be simulcast at ten p.m. ET on Sunday, April twenty-six on FOX News Channel and Fox Business.
To give you a sneak peek of some of the good news you’ll see on Sunday night, we asked five of the leading ladies of FOX News to share their favorite heartwarming stories so far during the coronavirus crisis. Ainsley Earhardt—The co-host of FOX & Friends says she was inspired by a New Jersey boy who asked friends and neighbors for donations to a food bank instead of birthday gifts and the Heffron family, who began a mission to collect iPads for hospitals after a member of their family died alone in the hospital at 81. “ Imagine living a long life, dying in the hospital and not being able to tell your family goodbye? ,” says Earhardt. “ They didn’t get to say goodbye in person .
They started this effort so others didn’t have to go through the same pain. ” Harris Faulkner—The anchor of Outnumbered Overtime says she was moved by the spirits of teachers working to help their children learn from home. “ A fifth-grade teacher in Washington, D.C. joined my Virtual Town Hall focusing on the tens of millions of children locked out of their classrooms. Kate Wagner reminded us all of the precious little ones who are living with special needs. She shared that her special education students are struggling because they thrive on routine and are very relationship oriented. Being taken out of the classroom, a physical classroom, is tremendously hard for many of them. Kate said she worries every day that the special needs students across the country will start to fall back. ” Dana Perino—The Daily Briefing anchor says she was moved by Brad Paisley’s free year-round Nashville grocery called The mart that helps those facing financial hardship and delivers food to the elderly. “ This model inspired me,” Perino says. “ Because as Brad says, it gives people the dignity of choice when circumstances in their lives feel uncertain. ” Another story that really brightened Perino’s heart and showed the comfort animals can bring was the spirit-nurturing viral video of baby Theo in a deep and lasting snuggle with Samson The Goldendoodle. Maria Bartiromo—The global markets editor and anchor loved the story of Rouses Grocery in Louisiana, which partnered with local restaurants to help keep both businesses alive by offering jobs and ready-made meals for their communities.
She also spotlights the New Hampshire fisherman who started a creative initiative called “boat-to-table” where locals place orders on the fishing boat’s Facebook page. Martha MacCallum—The anchor of The Story with Martha MacCallum really enjoyed the story of Guy Whidden, who was a “pusher” on D-Day with the 101st Airborne over Normandy, meaning he launched his fellow jumpers out of the open cockpit, before jumping himself. Now he’s cutting his hair in the Mohawk he wore them to inspire us and reassuring all, “ this will be over soon! ” With so many of these heartwarming stories coming out of the coronavirus crisis, we decided to round twenty-five of the best good news stories we’ve seen so far. Let’s hope kindness and generosity is the healthy kind of contagious!
1. Teens Delivering Groceries to Seniors A group of high school students in California created Zoomers to Boomers, a service that delivers groceries to the elderly and immunocompromised. The program has now spread to twenty-one cities across the U.S. As their website says, “ We are Generation Z and we are here to help . ”
2. The Best Kind of Zoom-Bomb! Texas native Matthew McConaughey Zoom-bombed a bingo game for quarantined residents at The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living facility in Round Rock, Texas. Not only did the Oscar-winner say “ hello,” he called a few rounds of their Bingo game!
3. New York-Bound Nurses Southwest Airlines’ Instagram picture of twenty-nine Atlanta health care professionals en route to the Big Apple showed the dedicated spirit of the heroes on the frontlines. The moving image showed the medical professionals holding up their hands up in the shape of hearts. “ While so many of us continue to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, no one knows what is happening quite like our medical professionals. These brave souls soldier on in the midst of tremendous risk and exposure, constantly putting the needs of others above their own, ” Southwest wrote alongside the photo.
4. John Krasinki ’s Virtual Prom above his new video series, Some Good News, John Krasinski pulled out all the stops and threw a virtual prom for the graduating class of 2020. The musical guests? The Jonas Brothers, Chance the Rapper and Billie Eilish.
5. Drive-by Baby Showers Expectant mothers needn’t miss out on the joys of a baby shower. Friends and families around the country are holding virtual and drive by baby showers. Gift opening and connecting is all done on online or outside, from a safe distance.
6. Individual Acts of Kindness A retired farmer in Kansas, who had five N95 masks for him and his ailing wife, sent one of his masks, along with a handwritten letter, to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking him to pass it on to a nurse or doctor in New York. “ This is humanity at its best,” Cuomo said after reading the letter at a press conference. “ You want to talk about a snapshot of humanity,” said Cuomo, who read the letter during a press conference. “ You have five masks. What do you do? Do you keep all five? Do you hide the five masks? Do you keep them for yourself or others? No…You send one mask to New York for a doctor or nurse… How selfless is that? It’s that love, that courage, that generosity of spirit that makes this country so beautiful. ” Related: How to Help a beloved One Who Has a Doctor’s Appointment Right Now
7. Tyler Perry Steps up During senior shopping hours on April 8, Tyler Perry paid grocery bills in full for all customers shopping at twenty-nine Winn-Dixie stores in New Orleans and forty-four Kroger supermarkets in Atlanta. Perry has a history of doing very, very good deeds for people in his community. ??? ? @tylerperry paid it forward and purchased groceries for nearly 3,000 senior shoppers today at Kroger stores across Atlanta. You can see how much this means by the look on their faces. Thank you, Tyler, for your generosity! ??? ? pic.twitter.com/L57nfNqm3g — Kroger (@kroger) April 8, 2020
8. Everyone Saying ‘ Thank You’Videos, memes and social images have popped up all over the internet to honor and thank essential workers who risk their lives on a daily basis. Related: These Are the twenty Best ‘ Thank You Coronavirus Helpers’ Videos on YouTube !
9. Hallmark Gives Away four Million Cards Hallmark has given away four million free greeting cards so people can send handwritten notes of gratitude to those who matter most or need to be uplifted. The card company’s mission was to offer people a chance the to thank someone in a more personal way .
10. Melissa Etheridge’s Sing-Along Like just about every other artist who planned to be on the road right now, Melissa Etheridge has had to postpone her tour, but that isn’t stopping her from sharing her music with fans. For forty days, Melissa Etheridge has performed free 15-minute concerts and sing-along #Concertsfromhome streamed live on Facebook Live at three p.m . PT/6 p.m . ET . (She even has # Concertsfromhome tour T-shirts for sale of her website . ) “ I’m gonna do this every day ’cause it gives me an excuse to wash my hair,” she said during the first concert. Day forty – Springsteen Day Day 40! Springsteen DayOfficial #ConcertsFromHome merch, now on sale : MelissaEtheridge.comRequest a song here: https://melissa.settheset.com/ Posted by Melissa Etheridge on Friday, April 24, two thousand and twenty
11. Getting Notes from The Office Actor, songwriter and musician Tom McGovern, who originated the part of Jim Halpert/Andy Bernard off-Broadway in The Office! A Musical Parody is writing personalized quarantine songs for people. “ I’ll write a dumb lil’ tune you can send someone to brighten their day amidst the chaos,” says McGovern. “ It ’s a blast to be able to spread some good vibes in that way . ” The fully-produced, customized songs are a pick-me-up and have been sent around the globe.
12. Dancing It Out—for Free! Performer and beloved dance teacher Lainie Munro is offering a new series of doable dance classes on YouTube called Let’s SHA at home! She posts a new video every week as professional guitar ace Matt Wolfe offers live accompaniment on guitar. Munro breaks down dance numbers to classic songs like “ Blue Skies,” “ Nice Work If You Can Get It ” and “ Too Darn Hot. ”
13. Stars Going ‘All In’ 76ers partner and Fanatics founder Michael Rubin launched the All In Challenge to raise millions to help feed children, seniors and those in need. Stars (like Ariana Grande, The entire Friends cast, Leonardo DiCaprio and more) are motivated to get crazy creative and try to one up each other—as they put together and donate priceless experiences. Check it out here and bid or donate for your chance to win. Related: How to Help Service Workers During Coronavirus Pandemic
14. Hearts of Gold Deborah Koenigsberger‘s nonprofit Hearts of Gold, which helps those in homeless shelters to transition to permanent homes, is taking on an additional role and providing daily essential COVID-19 relief to homeless mothers and children. They are creating care packages that contain soap, toilet paper, masks, even Chromebooks and information about virus protection. She also includes fresh and canned food items that can be prepared inside shelters. This week, Hearts of Gold will deliver its 1,000th care package. “ There is more than enough to go around,” she says of her lifelong mission to share her abundance.
Spotlight on one of our precious HoG kids! Today, Davonte came with his mom and little brother for a care package. A school social worker had identified this mom as especially not in a good place..The trucks were in my store put to the side, and typically the kids don ’t see them because they aren’t allowed inside (COVID) but today, as it was pouring rain I had them come just inside the door..The SECOND he walked in, Davonte saw the toys and started asking questions about why they were there. We had a very long conversation about “ the virus” (because they did not have masks at all) and I explained why it was SO important for them to wear the masks I had just given them. SUCH a bright child. Then, he asked the BEST question EVER; “ is the virus like a bully to your body” ?? ! ! He had me at hello but THIS … this was wonderment… It occurred to me all of a sudden that I should take a video of him. Mom said it was ok… so here you have it. .Listen to who he said should get the toys – “ the best boy. ” .You dear Davonte, were that boy today. .He made my day and YOU all helped us to make his… and his mom ’s… and lil’ brother ’s too… THANK YOU… I will continue to share stories. Their messages are so powerful. Related: one hundred and twenty-five Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained During the Coronavirus Crisis
15. Dolly Parton’s Bedtime Stories Dolly Parton, a lifelong advocate for reading, is using her angelic voice to sooth minds and spirits frazzled by the uncertainty of the coronavirus crisis . Her Goodnight with Dolly weekly YouTube series airs weekly at seven p.m . ET on Thursdays through June 4. The read-aloud series features select books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library including The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, Llama Llama Red Pajama by by Anna Dewdney and Parton’s own book, Coat of Many Colors.
16. Story Time With Jane Goodall Dr. Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, shares virtual readings of some of her favorite books for children every week from her home in Bournemouth, England. She has already recorded videos through July. They can also be viewed on her Facebook page. Storytime with Dr. Jane – Me …Jane by Patrick McDonnell Its the best part of the week! Join Dr. Jane for a virtual reading of Me …Jane! Patrick McDonnell (author of MUTTS) tells the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. As the young Jane observes the natural world around her with wonder, she dreams of a life living with and helping all animals, until one day she finds that her dream has come true. Every week Dr. Jane will share some of her books with you at home, from her home in Bournemouth, England as we all practice # socialdistancing. Learn more at storytime.janegoodall.org. Have kids learning from home? Check out the Roots & Shoots USA Learn at Home page with FREE weekly at home activity schedules: rootsandshoots.org/learn-at-home#StorieswithDrJane Posted by Dr. Jane Goodall on Friday, April 24, two thousand and twenty Related: How to Help Senior Citizens During the Coronavirus Pandemic
17. Animals Exploring Cities As humans around the globe continue to isolate, typically congested and polluted areas have become more open and pristine. And that means life is safer for wildlife. Check out these animals enjoying lockdown—like these fallow deer in a neighborhood near Romford, England!
18. Free Ballet Classes Tiler Peck, a prima ballerina and principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, is hosting daily ballet classes via her Instagram Live @tilerpeck. The doable classes for all levels are held Monday -Saturday at ten a.m. PT/1 p.m . ET . Thousands have gone online to #TurnItOutWithTiler. Guests on the show have included Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Garner, Kelly Ripa, Jennifer Nettles, Travis Wall, Leslie Odom Jr. and others!
19. Club Quarantine These creative parents turned their garage into Club Quarantine for their son who turned twenty-one while in isolation and created this < a href=”http://
20. Stars Feeding the Hungry Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams teamed up to create Save With Stories on Instagram and Facebook to benefit Save the Children and No Kid Hungry. Stars read their favorite children ’s books offering entertainment and education and parents donate $10 to help ensure that children have the food and resources they need.
21. Recovery Dances When someone is liberated from a ventilator the staff at UCLA Medical Center does this #extubation dance.
22. Recovery Conga Lines! And then there’s the conga line from the medical staff in Ontario: The ICU team @MSHospital has been working night and day for the health and safety of each other and our many ventilated COVID patients so when we extubate one…… we dance pic.twitter.com/bqRw4C8iJD — Anand Doobay (@AnandDoobay) April 10, two thousand and twenty
23. School Portraits In Graceville, Florida, Poplar Springs High School principal Farica West is making a very big statement to support the school’s graduating seniors. She created supersize banners with each student’s senior portrait billow along either side the school ’s driveway . Parents, families and students drive by the banners and stop and snap photos. “ I saw entire families get out of their cars cry, hug, snap a photo. I saw hope on their faces,” she says. Related: twenty-two of the Best Online Games to Play With Friends
24. clear Music Therapy The benefits of music are both mental and physical benefits like de-stressing, increasing creativity and boosting the immune system. While concerts and shows are off the table right now, folks are still reaping the mental and physical benefits (who couldn’t use a little de-stressing or an immunity boost these days ? ) by learning to play their favorite songs on guitar, bass and ukulele. Fender is giving the first one million people who sign up via the Fender Play app a free for 3-month subscription. Artists like Jimmy Page, Tash Sultana, Dan Sultan and Johnny Marr have shown their support for the program on social media, and more than 700,000 people have signed up to access the app while practicing social distancing at home. Visit https://t.co/sojpqRNlc6 to get started — lets keep the music going. pic.twitter.com/nrWRR405ZP — Fender (@Fender) March 27, 2020
25. Claps for Health charge Workers Each day at seven p.m. in New York City, New Yorkers all over town cheer for the front line workers. What a seven p.m . suite as people often join in clanging pots and pans. 7pm at NYC. The rooftop of a building I have been .