Here are a few more good news stories we’ve seen this week . . .
1. There’s a new trend where people drive to hospitals at night and flash their headlights to support healthcare workers. About 50 cars pulled up to a hospital in Oklahoma Friday night. And hundreds showed up at a hospital in Kentucky on Sunday.
2. The owner of a café in Melbourne, Australia saw how many people were lined up for unemployment. So he went to the bank . . . took out $10,000 . . . and gave everyone a hundred bucks to buy groceries.
3. In less than 100 hours, engineers from the Mercedes Formula One team took an ordinary CPAP machine, like people use when they have sleep apnea. And they tweaked it to help people with the virus stay OFF ventilators. They’re about to start testing dozens of them, and should be able to roll them out fast if they work.
4. Yesterday, Krispy Kreme gave out free donuts to healthcare workers on the front lines. And they’ll be doing it every Monday through May 12th.
5. The FDA cleared the way for a company in Ohio to disinfect more reusable facemasks. They were only allowed to do 10,000 a day at first. But they said they could do 160,000 a day. So the FDA cleared some red tape to make it happen.
6. A restaurant owner in Brooklyn didn’t want all the food in his fridge to go bad. So he’s been cooking like crazy and handing it out to the elderly and the homeless.
7. Nineteen members of an orchestra in the Netherlands did Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy“ from their homes, and the video’s going viral.
8. A woman who used to run a bar in England started a Facebook group called “The Virtual Pub” that hosts quiz nights, comedy shows, and has live music. About 15,000 people from all over the world have signed up. And it’s so popular, she’s had to hire a few employees to run it while she’s sleeping.
9. A guy in New Zealand put up a giant projector screen at the end of his cul-de-sac, so his whole neighborhood could have a movie night together from their balconies. He chose the movie “The Incredibles” because it was kid-friendly.
10. 38-year-old Nic Brown was one of the first people in Ohio to get sick. He ended up in the ICU at Cleveland Clinic, and was in really bad shape. He was even on full life support for a while.
While he was fighting it, his doctors and nurses would write daily goals for him to read on a window in his room. And at the bottom, they’d write, “We WILL get you home.”
Well, they kept their promise. He’s now RECOVERED. And before he went home, he wrote something for THEM that’s going viral. He thanked them for being “rock stars” and working so hard around the clock. And he said it’s changed him as a person to know there are, quote, “such wonderful people dedicated to the care and concern of others.”