#HeyThanks: Showcasing local acts of kindness during the coronavirus pandemic

#HeyThanks: Showcasing local acts of kindness during the coronavirus pandemic
Stories of local communities coming together to spread joy during this tough time. (Boston 25 News)

With all of the news and updates regarding COVID-19 and it’s negative impacts, Boston 25 News has created a new segment to showcase the positive things happening as communities band together to help each other.

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Health care workers wearing masks more comfortably, thanks to South Shore 12-year-old

Twelve-year-old Harry Holbrook is spending a lot of time at his computer, but it’s not all schoolwork.

The Rockland sixth-grader is using his 3D printer to make mask relief bands for nurses and health care workers after he found a design online and began making the homemade extenders.

"It's a good feeling when you know you helped someone today," said Holbrook.

The extenders help relieve soreness around the ears since many nurses and health care workers are wearing the masks for hours on end.

Nurses tell him what he's doing is a game-changer.

Health care workers, first responders open up about being on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19

Doctors, nurses and first responders are risking their own health and safety as well as that of their families to care for sick people and save lives.

Workers on the front lines say while it hasn’t been easy, they know they committed to helping out their community and understand the importance of their skills at a time like this.

But, we wanted to know, from those putting their lives on the line to save others: why do they do what they do?

We wanted to know, from those putting their lives on the line to save others: why do they do what they do?

Socially distant Easter Bunny hops, dances around Norwood

While the coronavirus outbreak has canceled most visits and pictures with the Easter Bunny, one town is arranging for socially distant home visits from the bunny himself.

Parents who schedule visits online with the Norwood Recreation Department receive a call giving them the heads-up that the Easter Bunny is on his way.

Kids watch from a distance as the hopping and dancing rabbit spends a few minutes in their front yard, waving and tossing chocolate treats from their partner and local candy shop, Furlong’s Candies.

The hopping and dancing rabbit spends a few minutes in the front yard, waving and tossing chocolate treats.


UNH uses 3-D printers to make masks for health care workers

As part of our #HeyThanks segment, we’re highlighting the work the University of New Hampshire is doing to help support their community by providing supplies for health care workers. The university is also converting their gym as a space to treat COVID-19 patients.

As part of our #HeyThanks segment, we're highlighting the work the University of New Hampshire is doing to help support their community by providing supplies for health care workers. The university is also converting their gym as a space to treat COVID-19 patients.

New England Patriots’ plane transporting more than 1 million masks to Massachusetts

The Patriots’ plane is picking up N95 masks from China for Mass. health care workers.

Health care workers at Tufts Medical Center receive handwritten notes

The windows of Tufts Medical Center are now adorned with handwritten messages sent to healthcare workers on the front lines fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Dozens of hearts with handwritten messages have shown up at the hospital over the last few weeks. On Wednesday, the staff tweeted out photos saying they "sure are feeling the love"

Patriots, Kraft family creating thousands of food kits for military families

Volunteers are needed to help create and deliver food packages for military families across Massachusetts. Want to help? Go to patriots.com/covid19.

Local teen making masks for health care workers

Giulia Sousa, a junior at Everett High School, is making masks for health care workers and residents at nursing homes.

So far, she’s made 500 masks.

During the pandemic,Boston 25 is saying Hey Thanks to local people doing great things to help.

Canine Companions for Independence launches live puppy cam

Adorable!

You can now watch adorable puppies play live thanks to Canine Companions.

You can now watch puppies live thanks to Canine Companions for Independence.

Boston 25 is highlighting positive stories and saying thank you to those doing great things during the coronavirus outbreak.

Family gathers to wish their Nana happy birthday

A woman who turned 83 at Brightview Senior Living in Canton was serenaded by her family who practiced social distancing and sang to her.

Gronk and Camille Kostek donate masks to hospitals

Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and his girlfriend, Sports Illustrated model Camille Kostek, have donated 20,000 N95 masks to Boston Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Health Foundation.

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So when we all say we are a FAMILY at @si_swimsuit I mean it in the truest sense of the word. @camillekostek is a former #siswimsearch winner, SI Rookie and 2019 Cover Model. @gronk is her partner in life and @patriots legend and friend and supporter of this brand. They just donated 10,000 KN95 masks to both @sjhnj and @bostonmedicalcenter. And I am moved beyond words. But this type of generosity deserves words. On a personal note, I have been appealing to people to #stayinandsew #flattenthecurve and support their local hospitals and caregivers in need. My husband is a physician at @sjhnj and many of our friends and colleagues are on the front lines there fighting this pandemic. Like many of the hospitals in the epicenter of this war, they are critically short on supplies. Especially masks. What Camille and Rob have done for this hospital, the caregivers, the patients, and the community made me cry tears of joy. It’s been restorative to my faith that we can make a difference no matter how big or small. It shows me that the type of people that I get to work with care about me and you just as much as we care about them. And no matter what team they played for, we are all on the same team now. There is no way to quantify the gratitude I have for you both. Let’s motivate others to do the same, or what they can to help our hospitals and caregivers battle for us. Make a mask, stay home, donate, use your platform. Do what you can, because it all matters. These masks equate to lives saved. Period. Thank you. ❤️

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Pembroke coffee shop serving up positive messages

Employees at the Dunkin’ in Pembroke Center are putting a smile on faces by scribbling positive messages on coffee cups for customers. The messages? "Nothing but positivity” and “Have a Great Day!”

#HeyThanks to Dunkin' in Pembroke Center

Retirement community employee spreads joy by singing to residents

The head of housekeeping at Salmon Health and Retirement says he was called to spread love and joy. He did so by singing to residents! Some other employees helped out by wheeling him around the community.

#HeyThanks!

Burlington teachers host parade to cheer up students

Teachers in Burlington who miss their students decided to host a parade to let them know they are missed.

Teachers in Burlington held a parade to cheer up students.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. donate masks and cookies

As the Girl Scouts cooking selling season comes to an abrupt end due to COVID-19, Girl Scouts are donating the rest of their cookies to healthcare workers and first responders.

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. delivered sweet treats and PPE to health care workers on the front lines fighting against coronavirus.

Look for the helpers! Giada, a Junior Girl Scout, has been helping her Dad, Michael Sabatini, create protective masks...

Posted by Hingham Girl Scouts on Sunday, March 22, 2020

Marshfield residents host birthday parade for 10-year-old girl

Ally Wilson from Marshfield turned 10-years-old and a group of moms organized a birthday parade to help celebrate while practicing social distancing rules.

Nantucket residents help boy celebrate his 3rd birthday

Louie was all set to celebrate his third birthday with his friends at school until the COVID-19 pandemic caused school closures and social distancing rules. His mother reached out to the community Facebook page and asked residents to drive by and wish him a Happy Birthday.

Residents came out and gave Louie a birthday he will never forget.

Posted by Kayla Larivee on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Medway residents unite for #Medwaytogetherwecan

Residents in Medway are spreading unity and pride by lighting candles and singing together at 8 p.m. every night.

Medway....Let’s all join in on this terrific idea and show our Medway pride! It’s easy and free. All you have to do is put a candle in your window and gather your family on your front porch or driveway at 8:00 p.m. each night and share your vocal talents. Let’s do this! #unity #community #Medwaytogetherwecan (Please share your videos!)

Posted by Town of Medway, MA on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

RIST 3D Printing creating medical shields for healthcare workers

A team of 3D printing enthusiasts from Worcester and New York are making medical shields for healthcare workers on the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Easton teacher does drive-by visits with dog

Cindy Bader is a Special Education Preschool Teacher in Easton and she brought along her dog Dunkin to drive by the homes of her students.

Cindy Bader, a special education teacher in Eason does scheduled drive-by visits so her students can feel support. She also brings her dog Dunkin.
Cindy Bader, a special education teacher in Eason does scheduled drive-by visits so her students can feel support. She also brings her dog Dunkin. (Alexa Bader)
Cindy Bader, a special education teacher in Eason does scheduled drive-by visits so her students can feel support. She also brings her dog Dunkin.
Cindy Bader, a special education teacher in Eason does scheduled drive-by visits so her students can feel support. She also brings her dog Dunkin. (Alexa Bader)

Kingston boy delivers food to woman in isolation

Twelve-year-old Caleb Quigley delivered homemade kale soup, a grilled cheese sandwich and toilet paper to his friend’s great grandmother who his family adopted as their “Nona.”

Twelve-year-old Caleb Quigley delivers hot soup and sandwiches to his best friend's great grandmother during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Twelve-year-old Caleb Quigley delivers hot soup and sandwiches to his best friend's great grandmother during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Sheri Baker)

Microblading salon donates supplies to local hospital

Boston microblading salon, Browstetics, donated masks and gloves to healthcare workers at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Local firefighters union reading to children

Firefighters with Holbrook Firefighters IAFF Local 1452 took to social media to read books to children.

Tonight’s story is read by FF Paramedic Jared. GOING TO THE FIREHOUSE by MERCER MAYER

Posted by Holbrook Firefighters IAFF Local 1452 on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Starbucks offering free coffee to front-line responders

Those on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic can get a free tall brewed coffee from Starbucks until May 3rd.

Beacon Street neighbors gather to sing each day

Residents who live on Beacon Street in Boston are promoting unity and positivity by singing together every day at 6 pm.

Every day at 6 pm, neighbors on Beacon Street in Boston sing together to promote unity while practicing safe social distancing.

Walpole photographer starts “Front Porch Project” to raise money for ALS research

Leslie Browne, a well-known photographer in Walpole, practiced social distancing while taking pictures of families to raise money for ALS.

Leslie Browne, a well-known Walpole photographer, is practicing social distancing as she takes family portraits to raise money for ALS.

Honey Dew Donuts in Plainville offering discounts to healthcare workers and first responders

The Honey Dew Donuts in Plainville will be offering discounts to healthcare workers and first responders in the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic.

Givewave Studios & Lowell Makes create masks for hospitals

Design shop Givewave Studios partnered with nonprofit Lowell Makes to create maks for healthcare workers at hospitals.


Local fashion designer making masks for healthcare workers

Local fashion designer Kelly Dempsey, who was featured on Season 14 of Project Runway, took to social media to share her mission of making masks for healthcare workers who desperately need them during the coronavirus pandemic.

Those interested in helping Kelly can reach out to her on Instagram.

Mass. State Rep and Haverhill City Council president donate supplies to local hospitals and healthcare facilities

Sharon Fire and Police Departments offer food assistance help

The Sharon Police Department tweeted that anyone who needs food assistance should call the Sharon Fire Department or send an email to jwright@townofsharon.org.

Boston Conservatory musicians perform in virtual orchestra

Students with the Boston Conservatory at the Berklee College of Music performed “What the World Needs Now” by Burt Bacharach. Each musician recorded a video of themself singing the song and it was put together to create a virtual orchestra.

Teachers host parades for their students

Teachers from Carver Elementary School were escorted by members of the Carver Fire and Police Departments for a parade to say hello to their students while practicing safe social distancing.

Teachers from Northwest Elementary School in Leominster held a teacher’s parade to practice social distancing while visiting students.

West Yarmouth Fish and Lobster gave out free clams

The family-owned and operated restaurant gave away free clams to members of the community.

Bethenny Frankel’s bstrong program donates coronavirus kits

The bstrong program is a disaster relief initiative that provides real-time emergency assistance to individuals and their families in crisis with much-needed supplies.

Bethenny Frankel spoke to Boston 25 Morning News anchor Elizabeth Hopkins about bstrong’s coronavirus kits.

You can donate here.

Bethenny Frankel joins Boston 25 Morning News to discuss her foundation's coronavirus kits being donated.

Cameron’s drive-by birthday surprise

Cameron from Gloucester was supposed to have a skating birthday party to celebrate turning 5 years old on March 21, but it was canceled due to coronavirus. His friends still wanted to show Cameron they cared so they all did a drive-by hello to wish him a Happy Birthday!

Walpole bakery sending cupcakes for birthday celebrations impacted by COVID-19

One Walpole-based bakery is looking to help local parents celebrate their children’s upcoming birthdays with free cupcakes, according to the company’s post on social media Friday evening.

The bakery, Melt in Your Mouth, is doing so to help spread cheer to children with upcoming birthdays that have been, or likely will be, impacted by social distancing brought about by COVID-19.

South Shore Children’s Chorus performs virtually

South Shore Children’s Chorus can’t perform together in person because of the coronavirus outbreak, as all rehearsals and events are suspended through at least April 7. But that didn’t stop the children from letting the show go on.

Central Square Florist donates free flowers

Central Square Florist had an abundance of flowers. It usually does, but their shop was especially filled as weddings, parties and even funerals had been canceled. The family-owned business decided to do what it can to help out other businesses struggling under the smothering stillness across the city.

Weymouth “pop-up-pantry”

A Weymouth man has set up a “pop-up pantry” for seniors to get free in-demand supplies during the coronavirus outbreak.

A Weymouth man has set up a 'pop-up pantry' for seniors to get free in-demand supplies during the coronavirus outbreak.

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