Helping Each Other Through the Crisis

It’s been quite the ride, these past four weeks. I have felt, like many others, that this RONA event is so Twilight Zonish. Not real. I’m dreaming… please wake me up.

Some of us have taken this ordeal and used it to spread goodness and cheer to others. I have read many inspiring stories… here are a few. Please share your experiences with unexpected goodness and I’ll share. kathy@gardenermedia.com

Money for Laid-off Workers

Kingsford Charcoal and Swig and Swine (Charleston): Kingsford heard the story of how Swig and Swine is keeping their laid-off staff in grocery store gift cards, and donated an amazingly generous check to help them as well. Scroll down to third or fourth post.


Feeding the Hungry

Bank of America , Senior Resources and Harvest Hope Food Bank (Columbia): “We are facing a critical time at Harvest Hope,” says Wendy Broderick, Harvest Hope CEO. “We are so grateful to Bank of America for their support in helping to provide hope and food to our neighbors in need.” Bank of America generously supports Harvest Hope throughout the year, and additionally donated $85,000 to help the food bank keep up with the rising demand for food during the pandemic. More here.

Senior Resources recently received a $50,000 donation from Bank of America to help fund their Emergency Senior Nutrition Program. Within the first few weeks of this program, 30,000 seniors have been served. “The senior citizens in our community continue to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Andrew Boozer, Executive Director of Senior Resources. “The disease itself is particularly dangerous to older adults, but so are the side effects of current economic hardship and distancing from family and friends. Bank of America’s commitment to providing emergency needs, especially in the form of nutritious meals, is not only meeting basic needs, but it is also keeping seniors healthy during a time of uncertainty.”


Using His Stimulus Check for Good

From WLTX: An Indian Land, SC man gave all of his stimulus check to help others in need. He isn’t rich. Davin Sanderson works at Jersey Mike’s and felt fortunate to have a job when so many do not, and wanted to help those in need, so he posted his wish on social media, asking for people to request $ for diapers, pizza or a tank of gas. He was able to assist about 30 people. He is hopeful that his action will inspire others to do something good with the stimulus money. We love this guy!


From Mattresses to Face Masks

From WACH: “Best Mattresses Company owner Buddy Delaney has turned his employees from making mattresses to making face shields that local hospitals and first responders desperately need. Best Mattress Company manufacturing facility is located in West Columbia and has been in business for 92 years.

Best Mattress has produced and donated nearly 1,000 face masks to local hospitals, nursing homes, and law enforcement agencies in less than two weeks. Employees have also sewn and reinforced more than 1,000 face masks for one of their local healthcare systems in order to make the PPE meet current standards.” More here.

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