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As we wrap up another week of working remotely and living “safer at home,” we celebrate the things that bring joy and hope. If you happen across something good to share, please email it to [email protected], Subject line: Good news. Enjoy these good things that happened this week.

6 Good Things That Happened This Week

Celebrating the End of Treatment

This good thing comes to us by way of SB account executive Melissa Thompson:

Gardner Smith, 83, of Nashville completed the last of 33 radiation treatments and three chemo treatments this week for cancer in the nerves of her face. Her family was thrilled that Gardner had finished her treatment, so they celebrated with a drive-by parade of her large extended family and many, many friends. Gardner’s comment on the celebration: “I feel honored, celebrated, loved, adored, and a little silly.” You’ll feel the love, too, in this precious video!

Don’t Stop Believin’, Indeed!

If ever there was an anthem of hope, it’s Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Seeing an entire floor of medical professionals singing and dancing to the song as recovering COVID patients get discharged brings it to a whole new level. We spotted this on Instagram via @sunny_side_news. Enjoy!

Celebrity Spotting: Happy Birthday, Aden

The power of social media has never been more evident than now. Prime example? In an attempt to help their friend Aden Browning celebrate his 18th birthday, a group of Marion, IL, teens texted Brad Paisley at the number listed in his Instagram bio. Within 30 minutes, he responded. They all jumped on a Zoom call and the Grammy-winning country star shared birthday wishes with Aden. Check out the full story HERE.

Good things — Brad Paisley Zooming fans

On the left, Brad Paisley’s Instagram bio — complete with phone number. On the right, the country singer Zooming with the teens. Images: WSILTV.com

A Rally Cry: ‘Nashville Rising’

Old Crow Medicine Show’s frontman Ketch Secor, a resident of East Nashville, sought to offer healing and support to the Middle Tennessee community following the devastating tornadoes that struck not only his neighborhood but so many others as well. So he wrote and recorded “Nashville Rising,” which was recently released, and is dedicating 100% of proceeds from the song to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Check out the accompanying music video below — and thank you, Ketch!

Two Worthy Funds Supporting Local Heroes

Vanderbilt resident physicians Thea Swenson and Michelle Izmaylov teamed up with several other Vanderbilt doctors to create a GoFundMe as a way to raise money and awareness for frontline custodians who clean the hospitals. “As doctors, we’ve gotten a lot of recognition for our work, but we realize that there is another group that is often forgotten, and that is our custodial staff,” Thea shares. “These janitors are essential to our work, but their efforts often go unrecognized. Thus, we started a GoFundMe in order to show our appreciation for them.” To date, they have surpassed their goal, but you can still donate HERE.

Another fund was also created this week by five Vanderbilt University students. According to Vandy sophomore Lia Hayduk, she and the others set up a nonprofit called Fuel Our Heroes Nashville in partnership with Vanderbilt Health. The 501(c)3 is designed to “help fuel the heroic Vanderbilt medical professionals sacrificing everything to fight COVID-19.” Funds raised will go directly to Vanderbilt healthcare workers to help them pay for things like childcare, PPE and housing as they work overtime to save lives. Learn more and make a donation on their website HERE.

Physicians are raising awareness of the efforts of custodial frontline workers with a new GoFundMe. To donate, click HERE. Image: GoFundMe

An Easter Bunny Serenade

This good news comes from John Bradway, Director of Sales and Marketing for The Hermitage Hotel:

On Sunday at The Hermitage Hotel, the Easter Bunny was bringing joy to hundreds of local residents and children as they arrived to retrieve their Easter Brunch orders, at a socially acceptable distance, of course, when something unexpected happened.

An unidentified WeGo driver in bus 1822 stopped in front of the hotel on Sixth Avenue North and serenaded the Easter Bunny with a soulful a cappella rendition of “My Girl.” Played by Soledad Bardas, the hotel’s Director of Special Projects couldn’t help but dance.

Dee Patel, the hotel’s Managing Director, said the spontaneous moment brought smiles to everyone as they helped continue the annual Easter Brunch tradition people have enjoyed for many, many years and this was no different, albeit in people’s homes. There have been some really amazing appearances at the hotel over the last 110 years and that moment was one for the books.

The video link is here and we hope this fills a space online & on social channels to proudly illustrate the true spirit of the Music City!

 

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GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK

Family-Style Dance-Off

Nashville resident Sherrie Neely, who lives across the street from her parents, shared this adorable video of her daughter and father having a dance-off. It’s turned into a nightly event while the pair — who are quite fond of each other — are separated due to social distancing recommendations. They both have some pretty spectacular moves!

Thistle Farms On the Move

The following good news comes from SB reader Marlei Olson:

The Café at Thistle Farms has been closed due to the coronavirus, and the remarkable team has been at home, unable to do the things they most enjoy — feeding and loving people! But the Café team is thrilled to begin feeding people again — in conjunction with Second Harvest and its Summer Food Service Program. Starting yesterday, a small Café team donned gloves and masks while maintaining their social distancing to feed hungry students and families across our city. The team assembled 460 lunches, and then loaded up a mini-van and headed out for deliveries stopping at a school in Madison and an apartment complex in South Nashville, where families from more than 22 countries live. Both sites were so grateful for the food and so grateful for our partnership, and as Café director Courtney Sobieralski said, “Although we couldn’t embrace each other yesterday, just being together brought us all comfort and hope. It is an honor to serve, especially those who need radical hospitality the most right now.”

Lunches prepped and ready for delivery — each with a kind reminder.

A Sherriff-Style Thank You

This week, Vanderbilt Health shared a touching post on Instagram. Both a photo taken from above from the Children’s Hospital and a video taken on the ground from just outside the emergency room showed a parade of Sherriff’s officers pulling up in their squad cars single file. Each vehicle then stopped, and the officers got out of their cars and saluted the healthcare workers with waves and applause. What a beautiful and strong sign of solidarity and support!

This photo from the @VanderbiltHealth Instagram account shows a bird’s eye view of the Sherriff’s department vehicles lined up, with the officers standing outside of their cars in honor of the Vandy healthcare heroes. Image: Instagram

It’s All About Being Good Neighbors

This bit of good news comes from SB Nashville’s Lead Writer, Jenna Bratcher.

During the safer-at-home order, supplies have sometimes been tougher to come by. When Lockeland Table pizza chef Chris Maguire noticed they were running low on enough pizza boxes to fulfill the to-go orders that were coming in for the dinner rush last week — there weren’t even enough containers to cover the dough they had — he started scrambling for a solution. A few phone calls later, he found a saving grace in the form of Five Points Pizza co-owner Tanner Jacobs, who immediately jumped in to help out. The rest of Lockeland Table’s evening pizza orders were delivered in Five Points boxes stamped with the Lockeland Table logo. “It was very neighborly and says everything about the East Nashville community,” says Lockeland Table’s Front of the House Manager, Katie Struzick. Both restaurants have recently re-opened, following last month’s tornado, which ripped through East Nashville. As both restaurants have proven, it’s all about coming together and moving forward as a community. Katie tells us, “It’s not just about the tornado or COVID-19. It’s about being good neighbors.”

Thanks to Five Points Pizza in East Nashville, Lockeland Table was able to fulfill their pizza orders. We love this proof of neighborly love among the Nashville restaurant community.

A Song for the Moment

The Lauers are a local family, who — with two professional songwriters in the group — put their skills to work to create this fun song and video. The lyrics offer a reminder of the times we’re living in now, but it’s set to the nostalgic melody of “You Are My Sunshine.” It’s cute and light — just what we all need!

Kittens on the Loose

The Atlanta Humane Society has been keeping its residents busy with occasional trips to the Georgia Aquarium. Last week, canines got the run of the place. This week? Kittens stopped by to visit with some aquatic critters. Take a look at these tiny — and soon-to-be-adoptable felines as they make new friends.

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GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK

He’s on a PPE Mission

Adam Capps is on a mission to equip local healthcare workers with the equipment they need to safely care for patients with coronavirus. He recently launched a GoFundMe to raise money to purchase PAPR Respirators, which run $1,500 apiece. “I became familiar with 3M TR-300/600 PAPR respirators through my roofing business, specifically while researching protective gear to use while spraying silicone,” Adam explains on the GoFundMe page. “I was surprised to learn that these respirators can be (and are) used in medical settings.”

In the below video, Aaron Moredock, a physician’s assistant at St. Thomas West’s emergency room, explains how this piece of equipment works. Watch the video, and if you feel so called, contribute to the fundraiser HERE.

Local Celebs are Stepping Up

Tennessee is the volunteer state — and whether that’s everyday people showing up to help after the tornado that swept through Middle Tennessee or celebrities who have stepped up during the COVID crisis, the volunteer sentiment has never appeared stronger. This week, Taylor Swift made news for the help she offered to beloved Nashville record store Grimey’s New and Pre-Loved Music. She donated money to be provided to store employees as well as enough money to cover the cost of employee healthcare for three months. Read more about this very kind outreach initiative in this article.

And everyone’s favorite — Dolly Parton — shared on Instagram that she’s donating $1 million to Vanderbilt to help fund further research toward a coronavirus cure. She encouraged others with the means to join her efforts.

Dolly’s Instagram post from earlier this week explains the what and the why. Thank you, Dolly! Image: Instagram

Nashville native Reese Witherspoon announced this week that she was giving teachers a perk by offering them free dresses from her Southern-themed store Draper James. She’s quoted in this article on today.com as saying, “Advocating for the children of the world is no easy task, so I wanted to show teachers a little extra love right now.”

Kudos to these and all celebs — local and beyond — who are pitching in for the betterment of so many.

Parademic Applause

This video out of the UK is a beautiful display of support — and a raw, emotional response. As this National Health Service paramedic left her home to go to work, her neighbors all greeted her with applause — a show of thanks and support for the work she’s doing as a first responder. Watch for yourself!

Hope in Bloom

This Instagram post by Jeff Leatham, a self-described “flower whisperer,” was spotted by StyleBlueprint staff writer Zoe Yarborough. It reads:

“COVID-19 is having a major impact on the floriculture sector ALL around the world. The Flower Council of Holland is working hard to find a way to maintain consumers’ interest in flowers in a positive and appropriate way. That is why the consumer campaign ‘Let hope bloom’ will be launched on Friday 27 March. The campaign will run in Germany, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and will be boosted through advertisements in daily newspapers and via online and social media.”

What an amazing display and a beautiful message!

This beautiful, colorful, fragrant message does indeed offer a boost. Image: Instagram

Hang in There, Peeps!

And finally, this bit of  encouragement comes from SB reader and Nashville resident Abbie Giompoletti:

“My 9-year-old son made this poster yesterday because he wanted to share an encouraging message with others. He hung it on our front door to share with people who walk or drive by, and I counted it towards ‘creative time’ in our new homeschool schedule.”

We love this creative and encouraging poster! Image: Abbie Giompoletti

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5 HAPPY THINGS FOUND ON MARCH 25, 2020

Local Meals for Local Heroes

As our healthcare professionals continue to work around the clock to battle coronavirus — and all the other ailments that still happen despite a pandemic — Alex Wendkos, owner of Dino’s in East Nashville — is on a mission to help, that’s why she started Local Meals for Local Heroes. This GoFundMe is designed to keep restaurants in business and healthcare workers nourished — all trying to survive this challenging time. “Three years ago, I was admitted to ICU at Vanderbilt and diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes,” Alex shares on the GoFundMe. “The nurses and doctors who treated me over a three day period, cared for me as if we’d known each other for years.” And now it’s time to give back. If you want to contribute to Local Meals for Local Heroes, the funds from which will go directly to purchasing meals from local establishments and delivering to healthcare workers, click HERE.

Local Meals for Local Heroes will keep two industries fueled during the pandemic — local restaurants and healthcare workers. Image: GoFundMe

Spotted on the Sidewalk

This touching photo comes from SB reader Rebekah Stephens, who says, “Super cute and inspirational chalk art along the walking path along Otter Creek in Forest Hills.” What a bright bunch of messages to stumble upon!

Strength and solidarity seem to be the over-arching sentiments on this chalk art display. Image: Rebekah Stephens

Mask Drive Success!

This good thing comes from Nashville reader Jennifer Larson:

“My friend Mary West, a registered nurse, Scout leader, and all-around amazing, generous, and compassionate person, has been tirelessly driving an effort in the Bellevue area to collect masks, gloves and other supplies for hospitals.”

Mary shares in this Fox17 segment by Dennis Ferrier that she had already collected more than 100 N-95 and 250 surgical masks. Great job, Mary (and her friend, Nicole)!

Nashville Strong … and Supporting One Another

Dave Puncochar was looking for a way to give back to the community that did so much for him when the tornado devastated not only his home but his entire community. “Then it hit me — We can build something, sell it, and help others,” he shares. “I had thought about cutting boards, but then my employee, Luke Hardy, had loved the artwork that Josh Newman’s company, ST8MNT, made for ‘Nashville Strong.’ Together, as a staff, we came up with the idea to make Nashville Strong signs and plaques, yard signs and parking lot signs.” Dave was looking for a way to get money directly into the hands of the business owners instead of going through an already-set-up fund. “So, I decided to just give money directly to the business owners so that they can pay their staff. No red tape, no rules, just donating half of the sales to whoever the people tell us to when they buy a Nashville Strong product. They can list a Pilates studio, a nail salon, a coffee shop, a pet shop, a restaurant, a tea shop, or a dentist office.” So far, Dave and his team have sold about $2,000, with half of the money being paid out to Marathon Pilates, Two Ten Jack, and Nicoletto’s Pasta to name a few. The other half of the money allows Dave to keep his staff employed and business open. If you’d like to purchase a Nashville Strong sign, click HERE.

Nashville Strong signs come in a variety of sizes and shapes. See more at Dave’s website HERE. Image: Dave Puncochar

Teens Helping Teens

This good thing comes from SB reader Lesli Hall, an instructional specialist at MLK, Jr. Academic Magnet High School:

“Our principal shared with the school this sweet video that our Student Government Association posted to their Instagram account to connect with our student body (the Royals) during the pandemic.” We love to see young people working hard for the betterment of all. Check out the video below.

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Omni’s Spreading the Love

We spotted this picture on Reddit and wanted to share. It’s a shot of the Omni, where the lights in empty rooms are strategically turned on to create a heart. What a beautiful sentiment!

In the distance, you can see how the lights at the Omni create a heart. Image: Reddit

Leaf Jumps Bring Joy

And lastly, while this didn’t technically happen this week, it is definitely worthy inclusion if only to make you smile. This video was submitted by StyleBlueprint Director of Marketing Megan Casey. Make sure you watch it all the way to the end …

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5 HAPPY THINGS FOUND LAST WEEK

Quarantine Questions: A Perspective Check

We spotted this on Twitter, and while it was impossible to track down the original source, it is too good not to share. Create your own and have a fresh perspective each morning in spite of the ills of the world.

Start your day with some key questions to help set yourself up for a successful day — despite the current situation.

Healthcare Professionals: Check Out the Thank You Fund

The owners of Epice, Santo and Kalamata’s have set up a “Thank You Fund” to provide delicious meals to those on the pandemic frontlines. Healthcare professionals can call (615) 720-6765 and order a meal of up to $25 and show their medical ID upon pick-up. From the Epice/Santo/Kalamata’s team: “We are all so very thankful for your sacrifices to help those in need.” Epice and Santo are open daily, and Kalamata’s is open Monday through Saturday.

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Sharing Worthy Sentiments

Something we love about Nashville is that everyone shares their love for the city and one another pretty freely, and that’s why it’s fun to spot signs like these around town. The first picture is a homemade sign created by a Sylvan Park resident simply thanking first responders and frontline fighters for all they do — now more than ever. The second picture was spotted on Bowling Ave. and offers a friendly reminder that kindness is contagious. Love it!

Thank you, thank you! Image: Ashley Haugen

Kindness IS contagious! Image: Katherine Brown

Donate for a Drawing

This good thing comes from StyleBlueprint staff writer Zoe Yarborough:

“My friend Morgan Corbett has sparked more than $500 in donations by encouraging her friends (and now strangers, too!) to donate $30 or more to a local food bank. In return, she draws the gifters’ favorite snack and mails it to them. She’s so talented and it’s such a cool incentive to donate.”

If you’d like to donate for a drawing, visit Morgan’s Instagram page HERE.

For anyone who donates $30 to a local food bank, Morgan will draw a picture of your favorite food or beverage item and mail it to you. Image: Morgan Corbett

Dancing is Great for the Soul!

Natalie Weston, of Liverpool, has a tight bond with her 21-year-old brother, Jake, who has Down’s syndrome. When self-isolation measures, which are keeping them apart, began to take their toll on Jake, Natalie came up with a solution to brighten both of their days — even if a glass door separated them. Natalie showed up at her mom’s house, where Jake lives, and they had a dance party — Natalie outside, and Jake inside. Read the full story and watch the priceless video HERE.

Here’s a still shot from the video of Natalie and Jake dancing together. Image: Liverpool Echo

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5 HAPPY THINGS FOUND ON MARCH 24, 2020

The Therapeutic Power of Art

This bit of sunshine comes from SB reader Tiffany Bigham out of Murfreesboro, TN:

“I wanted to share with you some photos I took in my Murfreesboro neighborhood. As my family was taking a walk and enjoying the brief appearance of sunshine yesterday, we started noticing sidewalk chalk artwork on the street in front of each mailbox in a cul de sac. As we stopped to look at each unique message and take photos, two elementary school aged girls came out of their yard and identified themselves as the artists. They said they, with the help of their mom, had created the artwork to encourage their neighbors. I thought it was a sweet way for that family to provide happiness to those around them AND occupy a few hours. Now the rain has returned and washed away those precious drawings, but I hope on the next clear day those girls and their mom will use their time and talents to spread more joy around our neighborhood.”

Find the “happy” in each day. Image: Tiffany Bigham

We love the positive vibes these girls are spreading through their art! Image: Tiffany Bigham

A Song of Encouragement

As Middle Tennessee State University students returned to classes this week — albeit virtually — they were met with a song of encouragement from the MTSU School of Music. Check out this video they created and shared on Facebook, which features various members of the faculty and staff. Brighter days to come, for sure!

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What the World Needs Now

Meanwhile, up in Boston, Shelbie Rassler, a student at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, is spreading the love via song as well, with this virtual rendition of “What the World Needs Now is Love.” The video showcases students singing or playing instruments — all recorded remotely and brought together in one, beautiful (potentially tear-inducing) performance. Check out the complete story HERE.

Bored? Go on a Bear Hunt

As we all try to find ways to navigate our new normal, creative activities are popping up all over. Case in point: The #BartlettBearHunt. Bartlett, TN Mayor Keith McDonald spearheaded this idea as a positive distraction for families who are hunkering down at home. The idea is simple: Bartlett residents are asked to put teddy bears in their windows, and families can drive around and hunt for the bears. We love this fun idea! Well done, Bartlett! Read the complete story HERE.

Invite your neighbors to put bears in their window and then take the kids on a bear hunt. Image: Holley Cary

Break Out the Albums

This fantastic suggestion comes from SB reader Varina Bunton:

“This morning I had an email from the grown son of some of our close friends who live in another city but with whom we spend summers in Michigan. Attached to the email were four hilarious pictures of us from years past at such gatherings as “Christmas in July”, a ridiculous “Hat Party” and all of us dressed as flamingos for a “Cabaret”. I looked at them several times during the day and each time belly laughed out loud. Let’s dig out our scrapbooks and send pictures to our loved ones. Laughter is indeed the best medicine!”

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5 HAPPY THINGS FOUND ON MARCH 23, 2020

Drive-Thru Pet Fostering

When a partner shelter had to close its doors, it tapped Nashville Humane Association to take in 17 pets. And Nashville stepped up as each of these animals were welcomed into homes on a temporary foster basis. Grab the tissue, and then check out this video from the NHA’s Facebook page of these animals being walked out to their foster families.

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Have Opera, Will Travel

While theaters may be dark during the pandemic, Opera Memphis brought their sounds to the masses via a trailer. Artists performed for residents, who emerged and enjoyed the live show from their front porches. Watch the show for yourself HERE, and brava and bravo, Opera Memphis!

Opera Memphis took their performance to the streets. Check out the video HERE. Image: Facebook

Grassroots Group: Lunches for ICU

A grassroots effort took form in Denver late last week in an effort to bring love — and sustenance — to doctors, nurses and clinicians who are working around the clock. Lunches for ICU is designed to keep local restaurants in business while providing meals to healthcare professionals. While this one is in Denver (You can join the Lunches For ICU Facebook Group HERE), this model could easily be replicated anywhere as restaurants nationwide are forced to close their dining rooms. To support Lunches for ICU, check out their GoFundMe page HERE, and if you want to partner with the group, email [email protected].

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“Livin’ on a Prayer”: Chicago-Style

As a lifelong Bon Jovi fan, this one touched a chord (no pun intended). Chicago neighbors abiding by the “Stay at Home” order united by song as they joined in a group rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer.” According to THIS article, the performance was inspired by the videos of Europeans who sang together from their balconies and windows. And to make this even more amazing, Jon Bon Jovi chimed in about the gesture on Instagram, offering his love and support for all. So good!!

Jon Bon Jovi reached out to Chicago via Instagram when he learned about their group rendition of his smash hit. Image: Instagram

Spreading Joy Through Art

Memphis artist Rita Woodward brought joy to her community through her art. She had some leftover wood pieces from her husband’s projects, so she painted some “pretty little happies” to give away. On her Facebook page, she wrote: “If you’d like a happy little wood chunky, go to my Woodward Arts page on Facebook. All you have to do is type “Want” under the post. I’ll write STOP when these are all claimed.” Approximately 40 pieces were picked up from her porch, and the rest she’s sending with her son Doug, who is an ER nurse at Baptist. “I’d like him to pass them out to some of the other hospital workers in the emergency room. They are on the front lines and I’m sure could use a little painted happiness!”

These are the painted wood pieces Rita offered to her fellow Memphians free of charge. Image: Rita Woodward

These are the pieces she made for the healthcare workers. Image: Rita Woodward 

2 Funny Finds

Here are two funny posts we spotted on social platforms. Enjoy!

We spotted this on Facebook, and we suspect there are situations like this happening all over as we all are working from home.

Love this! Image: @spicypub 

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5 HAPPY THINGS FOUND ON MARCH 21, 2020

A Virtual Tulip Tour

While guests are currently unable to experience Cheekwood Estate & Gardens annual Cheekwood In Bloom exhibit in person, the treasured Nashville destination is offering a virtual tour experience showcasing the more than 150,000 tulips that are currently in all their glory. Get on Instagram (or simply follow Cheekwood on Instagram HERE) and search hashtag #cheekwoodinbloom and #virtualblooms.

Log on to Instagram to get a Cheekwood In Bloom virtual tour. Image: Caroline Jeronimus

Go Big & Stay Home

From SB reader Caroline Moses:

“My sister hired the Sign Gypsies to celebrate her son’s 11th birthday in style — even though his party had to be canceled. She never misses an opportunity to celebrate BIG — especially for her big boy! I cannot wait until he wakes up this morning to find this!

Happy birthday, Eli! Image: Caroline Moses

Birthday Cards: A Global Effort

Mona Helgeland is a single mother of two whose children both had birthdays coming up – one on March 26 and one on April 6. She had planned celebrations, which have been canceled due to coronavirus. In an effort to still help them celebrate, the Norwegian woman reached out to various Facebook groups and asked if people would send her children birthday cards … and they did — from all over. “Blown away by the kindness,” Mona found beauty in the kindness of strangers. Read the complete story HERE.

A card that was sent to Mona’s daughter for her birthday shows it arrived in Norway from Illinois. Image: IndianaGazette.com

Spreading Kindness to Senior Citizens

Nursing homes have put restrictions on nearly all visitors, and they have also had to cancel group activities and communal meals. But VOICES, Inc., in Evansville, Indiana, a nonprofit that works to protect the rights of residents of long-term care facilities, has launched an initiative to lift the spirits of elderly nursing home patients. People are invited to send cards and letters to VOICES, and they will be distributed to nursing homes. This article quotes Michelle Motta, executive director and long-term care ombudsman for VOICES, Inc., as saying, “No matter the content, elders love receiving fun mail — especially from children.” So grab some paper and markers and get to work. Cards and letters can be mailed to VOICES, Inc., 2425 Hwy 41 North, Suite 405, Evansville, IN, 47711, and emails can be sent to [email protected]. Read the complete story HERE.

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First Responder Love

Tupelo offices of Renasant Bank and Mossy Oak Properties purchased more than $2,000 in local restaurant gift cards this week and delivered them to first responders and healthcare workers. They are challenging other real estate offices in town to do the same. Well done, Tupelo!

Here, first responders are presented with gift cards to distribute on behalf of Renasant Bank and Mossy Oak Properties. Image: Kylie Boring

Funny Instagram Finds:

Spotted on Instagram … Stay home if you can, everyone!

And this one, by @TheKelseyShow, is spot on. TGIF!

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5 HAPPY THINGS FOUND ON MARCH 20, 2020

It’s OK.

In response to our article suggesting we all put up Christmas lights to bring some cheer, SB reader Perry Del Favero, who lives in Nashville’s Sylvan Heights neighborhood, wrote in with a beautiful alternative. “We’re terrible at hanging holiday lights, but i brought this banner outside today. Hoping it helps,” she wrote. It does, Perry. It totally does.

A simple reminder: It’s OK. Image: Perry Del Favero

Gintervention Sanitizer: It’s a Thing (Thankfully)

Hats off to Corsair Distillery for its efforts in trying to help curb coronavirus. The distillery is creating “Gintervention,” which is a hand sanitizer made from the distillery’s gin, and will be donating the product to “local restaurants, food service establishments, bottle shops and community organizations.” Get more details on their Instagram page HERE.

Corsair’s new line of Gintervention sanitizer | Image: Instagram

Sharing Presents, Not Presence

This bit of good news comes in from SB reader Dolly Kelly from Franklin, TN:

“Bella Brothers just turned 11 this week, and like many, her birthday party was cancelled due to COVID-19. Her mom, Kimberly, just posted to our community’s Facebook page that Bella is giving away little party bags and unopened, new gifts on her porch for neighbors to enjoy. She said Bella is wanting to ‘share with all’ including my daughter, Maryn, who turned 5 on Monday. We had to cancel her party too. So Bella and Kimberly are wrapping a gift specifically for Maryn as a curbside birthday gift later. In response, another mom neighbor posted under Kimberly’s message the following:

‘I just took my seven year old on an “adventure walk” and she picked out the unicorn lamp! Thank you SO much! It’s tough to fill long days and y’alls kindness is making it easier.’”

Bella Brothers is pictured here with her presents, free for anyone who needs a little pick-me-up. Image: Dolly Kelly

That’s a BIG Tipper!

A couple stopped in for an early dinner at Irma’s Southwest in Houston on Monday, and when it came time to pay, the husband wrote on the bill, “Hold tip to pay your guys over the next few weeks.” He left $1,900 in cash and put $7,500 on his card. Read the full story HERE, and then give this generous human a virtual high five!

Generosity abounds at Irma’s Southwest in Houston. Image: WFTV.com

#SongsofComfort

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma played Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3 specifically for healthcare workers, stating, ”Your ability to balance human connection and scientific truth in service of us all gives me hope.” See his performance for yourself on Facebook HERE.

Bonus Funny Finds:

This tweet by Laura Norking, Deputy Editor of InStyle Magazine, is highly relatable!

From SB reader Kitsie Hayles: “My husband sent this [Instagram post] to me and it made me laugh:

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5 HAPPY THINGS FOUND ON MARCH 19, 2020

Music at a Distance

As Music City tends to do, an impromptu jam broke out on Tuesday in a Green Hils neighborhood, and because it was St. Patrick’s Day, the tunes had an Irish tone. The jam broke out in the neighborhood’s grassy common area, where all participants and the audience were separate by at least six feet. The email inviting neighbors came from Corrie (last name withheld), who said, “I’ll head outside at 4 p.m. toward the green (with my fiddle and my rainboots!). Anyone who feels like joining in from up close (6’) or a distance is welcome to come play and listen.” Corrie included sheet music for the two songs and a few words of encouragement: “If you have a guitar, there are only four chords for each tune. If you are brand-new to guitar, learn to play an A and A minor chord, and you will be able to play along on half of each song!” Irish music and a social — but socially distant — jam session ensued.

Even the tiniest residents partook in the musical fun. Image: Kyle Proffitt

Here’s the leader of the session, Corrie — complete with her fiddle and rainboots. Image: Kyle Proffitt

$1,000 to feed people in the service industry, and support Dino’s

Per Eater Nashville, “An Instagram post from Dino’s reveals that an East Nashville regular and neighbor made a pledge to pay $1,000 to foot the bill for to-go orders for anyone who works in the service”

How sweet is that? See the original article here.

Stay Home: A Google Doc

Upon returning home from college when her school closed, Nashvillian (and former SB intern) Margo Ghertner set to work creating a master document like nothing we’ve ever seen. It’s called “STAY HOME! a super special google doc for the super special individuals who are helping others by staying safe at home.” Designed to bring positivity during times of social distancing, you’ll find everything from book and podcast recommendations to recipe ideas. Find Margo’s Google doc HERE.

I Spy — Neighborhood Edition

We’re hearing reports of neighborhood-wide “I Spy” games taking place around town, each day with a different theme. For example “hearts” is the theme, and neighbors walk around the neighborhood to find the hearts placed about, taped in windows, etc. What if “I Spy” went citywide?!

“I Spy” a beautiful heart. Start up a game with your neighbors for an uplifting break each day.

Pandemic Pals

In an effort to mitigate feelings of isolation in high-risk and elderly populations during the pandemic, the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce created Pandemic Pals. In this news piece, Kim Baker, CEO for the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce said, “The governor has encouraged everyone to be a helper and be a good neighbor and I think in Gallatin, we’re doing that.” The idea is to pair a healthy volunteer with a high-risk person in need to help obtain supplies, deliver a hot meal and generally just be a vital source of help. Whether you need help or would like to volunteer to offer help, click HERE.

A Visit With Their Grandma

Touching photos are popping up all over Facebook of families visiting with loved ones who are quarantined for their safety in care facilities, but they’re doing so with a window between them. The idea was recommended to Moe Loughran, whose mother is on hospice in a Nashville care facility. While Moe can still visit her mother in a limited capacity, her kids cannot, so she had her children visit with Grandma in this more safe way — and her photo captures the sweet moment.

Aleyna, 16, and AJ, 9, paid a visit to Grandma earlier this week. Image: Moe Loughran

And just because it made us laugh:

E News! picked up and posted Shonda Rhimes’ tweet, and it gave us a chuckle. Hang in there, everyone! Image: Instagram

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5 HAPPY THINGS FOUND ON MARCH 18, 2020

Rising From the Ruins

When Dave Puncochar’s 12-year-old daughter’s favorite tree fell on their home in the Nashville tornado a couple of weeks ago, she asked her dad, who happens to own Good Wood Nashville, if he could make her something from the remains. “She asked me if I would build her something — a nightstand or bedside table — out of her favorite tree that she had affectionately called Beth,” Dave explains. It sparked an idea. Dave began saving all the trees that fell around his house and marking them “do not cut” — thus saving them from going to the landfill or mulch yard — and now limited edition Tornado Furniture made from trees knocked down in the tornado is available for pre-order from Good Wood. To learn more, see what pieces will soon be available and to pre-order yours, visit goodwoodnashville.com.

Dave marked the trees from which new life could be made. Image: Dave Puncochar

High-Speed Fundraising

We first told you about some extreme fundraising that took place by Montgomery Bell Academy students on behalf of their headmaster, Brad Gioia, who as facing a recurrence of lymphoma in THIS ARTICLE. The students raised $12,000 in a matter of days. Fast-forward a few months, and one MBA student in particular — Matthew Fox, a junior at MBA — has been named a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year for raising a whopping $106,000 for the LLS — and he did it in just seven weeks! “Funds raised through LLS campaigns like Students of the Year go towards researching more targeted, less toxic treatments for blood cancer patients, providing patients and their families with support services, and advocating for better access to treatments for our patients,” says Tricia Ward, Senior Campaign Manager of the LLS Students of the Year initiative. Bravo to Matthew and all of these amazing students. Learn more about the LLS and how you can get involved and support the cause at lls.org.

Academic Dean Dr. Tim Boyd gets a nice, close shave at the October fundraiser by MBA students.

An Offer to Help

Parents everywhere are adjusting to the reality that they may be homeschooling their kids for the foreseeable future. That’s why offers like this one from a Nashville teacher are so touching. For those of us who are parents but not teachers by trade, it can seem unthinkable that we will now be stepping into a teacher-like role. If you know any teachers, hopefully they will share Christa’s compassionate heart. And Christa, on behalf of non-teacher parents everywhere, thank you for your offer!

Nashville teacher, Christa (last name withheld), extended the offer to help parents who will be temporarily stepping into the teaching role due to school closures. Her goal is to get other teachers to cut and paste this into their own updates to spread teacher-help far and wide with a huge group of teachers at the ready for parents to lean on — so be on the look out!

She’s Engaged!

Even in times of social distancing, there are always ways to share joy — here’s proof! When Premier Living & Rehab Center in Lake Waccamaw, NC, posted these photos on their Facebook page, hearts everywhere melted. One of the residents had a granddaughter stop by and share her good news through his window — she’s engaged. Pass the Kleenex!

Here she’s pointing to the ring. Image: Facebook

Aaaaaand, we’re crying. While it’s tough to be separated at times like this, how wonderful to have people who love you like this. Image: Facebook

Businesses Adapting

You may not be able to gather with more than nine others right now, but you can still embrace life — and many businesses and industries are ensuring that we have the opportunity to do just that. From virtual farm tours to livestreamed operas, here are 10 virtual events you can “attend” while self-distancing. Click HERE!

cow staring at video camera

Take a virtual farm tour. Yes, you really can! Click HERE to find out how.

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5 HAPPY THINGS FOUND ON MARCH 17, 2020

Love Thy (New) Neighbor

When Nashvillian Joyce Claassen had new neighbors move in next door, her desire was to welcome them to the neighborhood — it’s kind of what Southerners like to do. And yet, in light of the current situation, she realized it may not be prudent to show up and mingle in light of social distancing recommendations. Instead, she dropped off a pack of TP – a hot commodity — along with a welcome note. “I felt like I was running books across the border in Germany or something,” she says. “I’m being over-dramatic, but I’ve read too many books!” Her note reads: “Hi! Welcome to the neighborhood. Sorry you moved during a pandemic & we are all hiding behind doors. Here is some prized TP & just text if you need anything.”

Package of toilet paper with friendly not for "3 Good Things That Happened Yesterday"

There has perhaps never been a better welcome gift! Image: Instagram

Close up of friendly note

Mark & Joyce may just be the best neighbors ever! Image: Instagram

The Tale of a $2,500 Tip

As many restaurants are bearing the brunt of social distancing — either limiting the number of customers they can allow, limiting hours or closing their doors altogether — one dedicated patron of Coaches Bar and Grill in Columbus, OH, did their part to lift the spirits of and provide a little financial comfort to the staff. On a bill of just $29.75, the customer left a tip of $2,500 to be split evenly among the staff. From the Coaches Twitter account: “When the going gets tough, the tough stay loyal. This loyal, amazing patron of Coaches on Bethel left the staff a $2500 tip to help lighten the losses during this required closing of Restaurants & Bars in Ohio.” See more HERE.

$2500 tip for "3 Good Things That Happened Yesterday"

Kindness abounds! Image: Twitter

Music Played Just to Bring Joy

“On a quiet corner of the Whole Foods parking lot in Franklin, Tennessee, this man was providing us with the most beautiful sight and sound. Such a gift !! Music 🎶 !!! Thank you for always coming to the rescue! You feed us more than these stocked pantries will. YOU feed our SOULS!! ❤️” — Kemp Buntin’s post on Facebook where she posted the video below.

Lunch Doodles With Mo Willems

During this time when schools are out and everyone’s at home, wildly popular — and uber-talented — children’s author and illustrator Mo Willems gets the hero of the year award for launching “Lunch Doodle” for kids — a daily doodle session offered free of charge each day at 12 p.m. CST. Learn to draw, doodle and learn new ways of writing with Mo, who streams live from his virtual studio. Learn more about the free video series and livestream events HERE.

Join children’s author and illustrator Mo Willems for Lunch Doodles, each day at 12 p.m. CST. Image: Mo Willems

Love Knows No Boundaries

When coronavirus required Bob Shellard to socially distance himself from his wife of 67 years, Nancy, on their anniversary — she’s in a nursing home that is limiting visitors — he stood outside her window holding a sign that said, “I’ve loved you 67 years and still do. Happy Anniversary.” She greeted his sign of affection with blown kisses. Could there be a sweeter love story?! Read more about this sweet couple HERE.

Here’s Bob holding his sign for his wife of 67 years, Nancy. Image: DISRN

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