Does coronavirus have you feeling down? Here are positive things happening within our community (4/3/20)

PITTSBURGH — We know that the coronavirus pandemic is an overwhelming and stressful time for everybody, so we’re going to put together some positive things that are happening within our community to help those in need.

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It’s apparent that during hard times, the Pittsburgh region always comes together to help one another.

Pittsburgh Penguins players donate 500 pizzas

Bryan Rust, Marcus Pettersson and Zach Aston-Reese bought 500 personal pizzas from Fox’s Pizza Den and donated them to distribution centers in the Hill District and on the city’s North Side.

The pies went to the Neighborhood Resilience Project, the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center, and The EAT Initiative Third Meal on the North Side. The goal of the program was to feed kids and families who normally rely on schools and food pantries for food.

Bradford Woods neighbors sing to one another every night

Boothbay Harbor street isn’t quiet at 8 p.m. these days.

Each night, a group of neighbors stands outside and sings “God Bless The USA” to keep their spirits up and let others know that that they can conquer the COVID-19 virus.

Mars Elementary School students make video for their teachers

In the video, students can be seen holding up signs with messages for their teachers.

You can watch the video HERE.

Castle Shannon 5th grader thanks healthcare workers

Lucas Oberheuser, 10, has started a school project that’s getting international attention.

Hearts for Healthcare Workers is something he worked on for his class at Myrtle Elementary School in the Keystone Oaks School District.

His grandmother told Channel 11 friends have found out that this initiative has made its way to countries like Italy and Brazil.

Wigle Whiskey donating all hand sanitizer it produces to Pittsburgh Public Safety

Local distillery Wigle Whiskey is making as much hand sanitizer as it can for first responders who don’t have access to soaps and sinks to wash their hands while helping people.

Because of regulation changes, they are creating a new formula that they hope to be able to donate by next week.

Resident at Pittsburgh nursing home celebrate (what would’ve been) Pirates opening day

The coronavirus may have postponed the Pittsburgh Pirates season, but residents at the Jewish Association on Aging’s Charles Morris Nursing & Rehab Center in Squirrel Hill celebrated it anyway.

They held a corridor party, while practicing social distancing, and 96-year-old resident Rose Wyner played “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” on the keyboard.

Everyone that had Pirates gear wore it while singing along.

Pittsburgh backpack maker switches to making face shields

Day Owl, a Pittsburgh backpack maker, is converting its Homewood headquarters to start making 50,000 face shields for local health-care providers dealing with the COVID-19 virus.

The company has brought in 30,000 pounds of plastic and 11 miles of elastic to do this with funding from a few local nonprofit organizations.

Hampton Twp. neighborhood surprises 1-year-old with birthday parade

When Brooke Casper’s family had to cancel her 1st birthday party, a friend of theirs decided they still had to do something -- so her family and friends did a ‘birthday parade’ by her house as a way to safely celebrate.

Hand sanitizer donated to first responders in Shaler Township

Hand sanitizer and spray bottles were donated to the Undercliff Volunteer Fire Company.

The sanitizer was made locally in distilleries and donated by Boyd & Blair, Lucky Sign Spirits, and Rick Leo’s Garage.

Undercliff VFC posted on Facebook that the donation was made to Shaler Township and was then distributed to police, fire, EMS and public works.

“We greatly appreciate your generosity as we work to keep our firefighters safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. These items are very essential for our members to stay healthy and continue to respond to emergency calls in the area. We are lucky to be surrounded by such great residents and businesses,” Undercliff VFC’s Facebook post said.

We would like to extend a big thank you to Boyd & Blair, Lucky Sign Spirits, and Rick Leo’s Garage for the very generous...

Posted by Undercliff Volunteer Fire Company on Thursday, April 2, 2020