Does coronavirus have you feeling down? Here are some positive things happening within our community today

Does coronavirus have you feeling down? Here are some positive things happening within our community today

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 every day to help those in need.

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

Topaz Thimble

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Kati Grimes, owner of Topaz Thimble, quit the corporate design world to spend more time helping others.

After getting a call over the weekend, she has made over 200 CDC-compliant masks and is planning on making more. Grimes has four or five more people that are willing to help her sew the masks.

But she needs supplies:

  1. Elastic 1/4” or 1/8”
  2. Thread
  3. Bags to place the orders in

Grimes is asking for a donation of $5 per mask but is willing to bend. She is offering free shipping to those who need them.

She can be reached at 440-864-3385 or on social media @TopazThimble.

Local woman sewing masks for those in need during coronavirus pandemic

Parents helping other parents

During the coronavirus crisis, it can be hard for new parents to find baby formula.

Channel 11′s Jennifer Tomazic got an email from her son’s pediatrician saying access to formula right now is “problematic,” but there are resources out there for parents.

Parents looking for baby formula come together to help one another

Coffee for firefighters

Although gas stations aren’t offering self-serve coffee during the coronavirus pandemic, the Peters Township Fire Department said the GetGo staff at Donald’s Crossroads in Washington Township continues to bring fresh coffee for the fire crew to bring to the station.

Butler County Community College donates equipment

Butler County Community College made a huge donation of personal protective equipment.

Dr. Patty Annear, from BC3’s School of Nursing, says the decision to donate its supply of protection to Concordia Lutheran Ministries and to Butler Health System was an easy one.

“They give to us by allowing us to use their clinical agencies to teach our students so we wanted to be able to give back in this time of need,” Annear said.

The personal protection, including multiple boxes of head coverings, surgical gloves, gowns and masks, is from the school’s biology and chemistry labs.

Butler County Community College donates protective equipment to area medical professionals

Creative nursing home visits

Eighty-eight-year-old Sally Henderson is still feeling the love through her window.

Henderson lives in an assisted living residence at Concordia Lutheran Ministries in Cabot, Butler County, where the COVID-19 crisis has put a stop to all visitors entering the building.

That didn’t stop her family from figuring out a way to see her. Henderson’s daughter, granddaughter and great grandchildren come every day to her window, even in the rain.

They say Henderson, who is all smiles, is really getting a kick out of doing things a little differently.

Families forced to get creative when communicating with loved ones

Penguins, Duolingo donate laptops to families in need

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Duolingo have donated 35 laptops to Greater Circles Pittsburgh to distribute to families whose children do not have access to online learning during school closures.

“We are so grateful to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Duolingo for their generous contributions to the continued education of our community’s children during this crisis,” said Tammy Thompson, executive director of Greater Circles Pittsburgh. “Families who have received these laptops are extremely thankful, and so are we.”

“As a company with its headquarters in East Liberty, we’re happy to support Circles, an organization that is doing important and impactful work to help people and families in this community get out of poverty," said Michaela Kron, Lead PR manager at Duolingo.

“It’s even more important during this challenging time, with classrooms being closed, for us to do our part and help support families in need – and we encourage our partners to consider doing the same” said David Morehouse, president and CEO of the Penguins.

Sheetz increasing pay for store workers

Sheetz announced on Wednesday that it will be paying its store employees $3 more an hour to support its workers who are working through the coronavirus pandemic.