Amidst the spread of the Coronavirus there is still good going on across the state. While people are encouraged not to physically be together, the human spirit is joining together in communities all over to bring a little cheer.
A request by Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann has gotten people ringing bells everywhere. Last week, Hosemann asked for churches and anyone with a bell handy to ring them at 6:00 every evening in support of healthcare workers and those who are sick due to COVID-19.
In Jackson, the city honored all first responders with a little bit of noise. Good Friday at noon, Jackson residents were asked to either put a sign up or honk their car horns to show support for first responders, emergency officials and health care workers.
Also happening in the Capitol city, Visit Jackson will feed healthcare workers through meal deliveries from local restaurants this week in a campaign dubbed “Good Food In Gratitude.”
“I did it because all I know how to do is cook and serve,” said Roberts. ” Right now especially is a time for people to come together. I just want to see the community get better.”
Roberts said they saw a good turnout at last Friday’s free meal giveaway. He said this Friday they’re preparing to serve the healthcare providers at Baptist Medical Center who are giving primary care to the COVID-19 patients and they plan to be giving many more meals away during the Easter weekend.
With the end of the year being such a critical time for many high school seniors and college students alike, Get2College is providing one-on-one virtual appointments to help with the transition. These appointments are for college-bound seniors to help them complete their financial aid, free online ACT prep and they’re also hosting virtual college recruiter chats with school admissions counselors across Mississippi.
“Just like everyone else we had to shift quickly to providing visual services to students. This is critical time for high school students and we want to help,” said Courtney Lange, Director of Communications and Impact for Get2College.
The organization also just made a $300,000 grant available to the community college system in order to establish emergency funds for students on all 15 community college campuses across the state. If this could be a help to you, you can find out more on get2college.org.
According to K-Love, those who were able to come turned up Christian music in their cars prayed, praised and sang.
Many businesses were forced to close during the pandemic in an attempt to preserve public health. Among those were Mississippi Casinos. They closed in March for an undetermined amount of time with only essential workers and security able to enter the buildings.
The impact of their closures will surely leave a mark on Mississippi’s revenue numbers in the coming months but these establishments are still trying to spark hope in a time of chaos.
The Beau Rivage Casino lit the lights of rooms to spell out ‘HOPE” with a heart at the end for all passerby’s. Reminding Mississippians that one day things will return to normal and they can’t wait to welcome you back when that time comes.
Also in South Mississippi, a boy scout, Fletcher Horne and his troop, Troop #33 have partnered with a mission to start a Go-Fund-Me to make sure healthcare workers at South Central Regional Medical Center don’t have to worry about meals during this time.
According to WDAM Healthcare workers at SCRMC are being given catered hot meals from local restaurants because of $10 donations.
Being called “Feeding the Frontline” they’re focusing on providing meals for those who work in the most at-risk departments. This includes doctors and nurses in the ICU, Emergency Room, Environmental Services and other areas throughout SCRMC.
The troop will be delivering the catered meals to SCRMC starting Easter weekend and continuing as long as needed.