Positivity in a Time of Darkness


A woman is playing with her newly adopted dog. She was recently given more time at home because of the stay-at-home set in place. Cited from New York Times

Baylee Simmons, Staff Reporter

Currently, the media is focusing on the newest update to the history books: a pandemic claimed to be “our generation’s 9/11 or Pearl Harbor moment,” as stated by the Surgeon General.

The media, constantly focusing on this grim virus, has reduced the number of good stories throughout the country. However, that doesn’t mean positivity isn’t coming through in light of the new developments.

Citizens and corporations around the country are helping those less fortunate through donating their time and resources to spread positivity in a time of darkness.

With the mandatory stay at home set in place in New York, there’s been a documented rise of pet adoptions.

“One of the reasons we found that people are unable to adopt pets in New York City is because they are never home,” the spokeswoman [of the animal shelter], Katy Hansen, said.

“They say it is not fair to the animal, or they are not able to spend enough time with them,” Katy told the New York Times.

This increase in adoption has allowed for shelters to close to prevent the spread of COVID-19, without worrying about the safety or health of their animals. It also allows for families to finally find the time to adopt an animal to complete their family!

But animal shelters aren’t the only facility closing down to prevent the spread.

Nursing homes are especially susceptible to Coronavirus because of their preexisting medical conditions and age.

In light of these closures, a request has been going around social media. The USA Today quotes on a post from St. Anthony’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rock Island, Illinois: “If your children’s schools are closed and looking for something to keep them busy, please consider having them write letters or color pictures and send them to our residents.”

Since the original post on Facebook, the idea has spread like wildfire around the country. 

In addition to families helping to bring positivity to those around them, big corporations are pitching in their two cents as well.

Disney has been sending excess food to homeless shelters and food pantries to help fight hunger during a time of increased unemployment.

“While closely following food safety guidelines, excess inventory of dairy, fruit, vegetables, packaged goods and banquet meals is being donated to Second Harvest Food Bank, whose mission is to end hunger in Orange County,” Disney Land workers posted on their website.

This is just one example of big corporations using their excess amount of time and resources to do what they can in times of uncertainty.

All of these actions are working towards bringing the media away from the despair and in the direction of positivity, all while working towards a better future (456).