Pandemic Brings Out the Best in America

The Coronavirus has brought out the worst in some people and the best in others.

Last week I shared the ugly – the abortion industry using this pandemic to expand abortion access.

Now we’ll take a look at the other side of the coin because we all could use a little encouragement!

The good in people by far outshines the bad. Perhaps not since World War II have we seen Americans and businesses step up and give their best to help our nation overcome COVID-19.

Having recently experienced the death of their son at birth, Jordan and Ethan Marshall were looking forward to the birth of baby boy number two.  However, Jordan was diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia and required hospitalization.

Due to the pandemic, Ethan wasn’t allowed into the hospital to see his wife, so each morning he would text “Good morning beautiful” to Jordan. After one particularly tough day for his wife, Ethan wrote the familiar text message in colorful chalk on the pavement below her window. It was perfect medicine for this hospital-bound mother in waiting.

Cartersville Medical Center in Georgia is at the battlefront in the war against COVID-19. Local citizens knew the workers inside needed prayer support. Maintaining social distancing, hundreds came together in their cars and literally circled the hospital. This automobile prayer circle prayed for the patients, nurses and doctors. One participant said, “We’re called to be the hands and feet of Christ.”

Rachel Reeves and others from her church began pooling Chick-fil-A mobile app points and donating them to workers at two hospitals. The combined points will purchase 460 sandwiches, but that will grow as others become aware of the effort.

Members of a local church drove to the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center Saturday evening, surrounding it with their vehicles with lights and emergency flashers glowing, while the occupants prayed for the staff and patients inside. It was an inspiring sight.

Heather and Jeff Dunn adopted their son, Ryker from China. Ryker has spina bifida and recently underwent surgery, so he’s considered high risk when it comes to COVID-19. As a result, the parents cancelled his birthday party, replacing it with a parade of sorts.

Heather and Jeff expected a couple of cars to participate, but word got out on social media and the delighted family watched as festively decorated car after car drove past their home, honking and waving.  It appears there’s always a way to show love under the most difficult of circumstances. Ryker called it the best birthday ever!

Minnesota COVID sitters are medical students stepping up to help health workers with babysitting, shopping, errands, etc. They match students, many healthcare and public health students, with any healthcare worker, including hospital cleaning crews, nurses, lab techs, cafeteria workers, or those who are working overtime to produce more surgical masks and ventilators.

 

Corporate America is rising to the occasion by filling desperate needs generated by the pandemic.

The clothier Brooks Brothers is producing medical masks and gowns to counter shortages, planning to make 150,000 masks per day.

Mike Lindell, My Pillow’s founder and CEO, retrofitted his factory with the goal to produce 50,000 medical masks a day. Lindell is making sure the “forgotten little hospitals” are assisted.

Cosmetic company, Mary Kay and Anheuser-Busch, known for its production of beer, are manufacturing hand sanitizer with a priority on the disenfranchised.

The CEO of Jockey announced they’re donating 10,000 units of scrubs to doctors and nurses in New York City, and expects to produce 30-50,000 gowns per week.

Defense contractor United Technologies donated 90,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to FEMA, with one million more on the way.

Krispy Kreme is offering as many free glazed doughnuts as needed to any doctor, nurse or healthcare worker.

Ford is teaming up with 3M to manufacture Powered Air-Purifying Respirators.

Stories of COVID-19 survivors are beginning to emerge. A 102-year-old woman in Italy left the hospital after 20 days of treatment.

And a New Jersey man couldn’t enter the Morristown Medical Center to thank the staff for saving his wife who suffered from COVID-19. So he hand wrote a cardboard sign and held it against the window of the hospital which read, “Thank you all in emergency for saving my wife’s life. I love you all.”

If you know of additional acts of human kindness, please add them to the comments below or post them on our Twitter or Facebook pages.

For LIFE,

Bradley Mattes
President, Life Issues Institute

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2 thoughts on “Pandemic Brings Out the Best in America

  1. Very uplifting, Brad. Thank you again and again for all that you do spreading the TRUTH and God’s Word. Praying for you and all on the front line.
    Sincerely, Lowell & Ann Tolly

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