Shalinder Singh and his family decided to continue sharing langar — a communal meal that is a tenant of the Sikh faith — during the pandemic by bringing pizzas to health care workers in their community.
“It just popped up in my mind, this is the time to take care of the heroes in the front,” Singh told the Associated Press. “I spoke to a couple of doctors and they said pizza is the best because they’re working 12 to 16 hours and they don’t have time to sit and eat.”
Project Protect was launched on April 17 to help health care workers have access to clinical face masks. Members of the community have stepped up to help sew these masks, and now local universities including BYU are joining the initiative as well.
“We are grateful to be a part of this important project,” BYU President Kevin J Worthen said in a press release. “We recognize that many of our alumni and members of our campus community have already contributed to this project, spending countless hours sewing masks. We are extremely thankful for the work they have done and hope that some of them and others may be able to sew additional masks — this time with blue thread.”
When Emily Bauman received her stimulus check, she decided to put the money to good use by funding a special musical performance for healthcare workers in New Orleans. Her donation had two benefits: lifting the workers’ spirits and sending the performers a much needed paycheck.
“This was fantastic therapy for us and our staff,” Takeisha Charles Davis, a doctor at the hospital, told the Associated Press. “The last 8½ weeks have been tremendously stressful.”
Churches across the country have been shut down for months due to the pandemic, and one Roman Catholic priest has come up with a creative way to serve his congregation.
The Rev. Tim Pelc used a spray gun to shoot holy water and bless parishoners’ Easter baskets. Photos of Pelc and his water gun have gone viral and show the creative ways people are continuing to connect during the pandemic.