The first global pandemic of the 21st century has generated plenty of antisocial behaviour such as panic-buying groceries, but it is also inspiring very many people to step up and do something helpful.
Here are just some of the many examples we have spotted. We’ll add more as we spot them.
1. Corner shop kindness
This was one of the first to be featured widely. Corporate giving by a small business helping its local community and the people it serves and knows by name.
— Giles Paley-Phillips (@eliistender10) March 12, 2020
2. Good cheer
We’ve clapped for our underfunded, severely unprotected NHS staff and all their “low-skilled” colleagues, but BrewGooder now gives us the chance to donate a four-pack of its beer to someone working in the NHS. And just as importantly we get to send a personal message of support.
Craft brewer @BrewGoodr has created One On Us a platform that allows people to donate a four-pack of its beer and a message of support for anyone working in the NHS during the current #coronavirus crisis #craftbeer #OneOnUs https://t.co/WGKxq69tgk
— Imbibe (@imbibeuk) March 24, 2020
There’s never been such a need for acts of good—particularly to support our #NHSHeroes. So we’ve decided to do our part.
Read more, and either donate or claim here: https://t.co/n2Z61phZaq
Stay safe x pic.twitter.com/0M8Ql5yRIT
— Brewgooder (@BrewGoodr) March 23, 2020
There’s more good cheer from Guinness, stepping up to support bartenders across the UK who have lost their jobs.
We’re pledging our support to the bartender community affected by the current situation across Great Britain. pic.twitter.com/QuYEnDq7Gk
— Guinness GB (@GuinnessGB) March 18, 2020
3. Do it yourself
Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK is a network of local groups which have sprung up within a week to provide mutual aid and community care across the country. The movement has been spread and developed primarily through social media, and demonstrates a widespread sense of a need to do something positive.
COMMUNITY CARE IN THE FACE OF #COVIDー19
1/3 We're continuing to develop resources for local groups to be able to deliver mutual aid and community care in a safe way. For the meantime https://t.co/forjg2UTkn is the best place for up to date info.
— covidaiduk (@CovidAidUK) March 14, 2020
People in many different countries are simply doing it themselves to set up local, practical groups to bring help and support to their neighbours.
— Stop the Coup (@stopthecoup_UK) March 13, 2020
Others are using their skills to match services with people who need them, not least food and supplies for vulnerable people.
KEEP THE WHEELS TURNING:
A lot of people need help, a lot of people want to help.
We've made a platform for both.
— KERB (@KERB_) March 19, 2020
Many people have discovered another easy way to give. If you’ve booked theatre tickets for performances that will now not take place you can join all those who have decided not to ask for a refund but donate the sum instead.
— ArtsProfessional (@ArtsPro) March 24, 2020
Sometimes all it takes is a clear ask for a very clear and urgent need. On 24 March the NHS called for 250,000 volunteers “to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions.”
In two days 670,000 people volunteered.
In addition to our community and the 600,000 volunteers of the last few days we want to thank all those who have helped @GoodSamApp provide a platform that helps others @nesta_uk @NHSDigital @Ldn_Ambulance @AmbulanceVic @BCHDigital @StJohnNZ https://t.co/XoJeR9hazr
— GoodSAM (@GoodSamApp) March 26, 2020
It will be fascinating to learn how many of these people are volunteering for the first time and who now might get a taste for voluntary work from now on.
4. Major gifts
Many individuals have made major gifts, donating cash or resources. Some business people are backing up the good deeds by acting decently towards their employees too.
Gary Neville has closed his hotels & he will hand them over to the NHS.
Not a single member of staff will face redundancies & all will receive full pay
— Ben (@BenJolly9) March 18, 2020
Pep Guardiola makes €1m donation to aid Spain's fight against coronavirus https://t.co/xnvco0C20K
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) March 24, 2020
- SEE ALSO Footballers and giving in the face of coronavirus (16 April 2020)
After Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic donates money to combat #Coronavirus
— The Field (@thefield_in) March 27, 2020
— Moana (@Moana125) March 28, 2020
👏👏👏 Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets has joined Rafa Nadal & Pau Gasol's campaign the #NuestraMejorVictoria (Our Best Victory) to encourage donations from Spanish sport in the fight against the COVID-19.#ForçaBarça #FCB pic.twitter.com/miXKJ7cUYV
— Camp Nou Barça (@cnbarca) March 28, 2020
Incredible generosity from Sir Chris Hohn (co-founder of the Children's Investment Fund Foundation @CIFFchild) – a £2.4 million private donation to support the NHS response to Covid-19 https://t.co/MgzeNC8gaH
— EnvironmentalFunders (@greenfunders) April 7, 2020
Sir Tom Hunter is matching the £720,000+ donated to the appeal set up following the news that The Kiltwalk will not be taking place this year.
Glasgow Kiltwalkers and Charities – some AMAZING news from @SirTomhunter and The Kiltwalk!
— Kiltwalk (@thekiltwalk) April 1, 2020
Some people are giving up a proportion of their salary to donate to charity:
Sky’s chief executive Jeremy Darroch has given his entire year’s salary – most recently published at around £1.2m – to charities that support coronvirus relief efforts.
— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) April 1, 2020
5. In memory
Families and friends are doing their best to cope with grief by setting up in memory funds and tribute campaigns.
The family of a man who died from coronavirus are asking people to 'forget flowers and cards…and give acts of kindness instead, in his memory'.https://t.co/PFLGbc9uXj
— BBC North West (@BBCNWT) March 16, 2020
6. Corporate giving
Some companies or shops are probably doing their first corporate giving. They’re doing so because they can see need and inspirational people, so not all support will be directed at charities. And not all support will be financial: sometimes it is simply offering their service for free.
We are offering Free shoe repair to all Doctors, Nurses & hospital staff. These brave souls are risking everything to keep us all safe! Please spread the word. Our 3 shops will be offering this service 5 Tara Street, 19c Talbot St & 67 Dame St #Coronavirusireland #irelandlockdown pic.twitter.com/PgC1bekSg0
— TaraLeathersDublin 🔑👜👠👢 (@TaraLeathersIR) March 13, 2020
We’re offering our community in @IxworthVillage and surrounding villages a food home delivery and take away service during the #COVID2019 crisis. Please message or call us 01359 230028 to see how we can help @buryfree @EADT24 @BuryMercury
— Rambling Rose Coffee House and Bistro (@RamblingIxworth) March 17, 2020
Just looking through some of your warehouses can prove timely:
— Marsha Collier (@MarshaCollier) March 20, 2020
7. Celebrity and influencer fundraising
Food writer Jack Monroe has launched a crowdfunding campaign for foodbank charity The Trussell Trust. Its target of £10,000 has already been surpassed, and stands at £16,675.
Footballer Paul Pogba used his March birthday to raise funds for Unicef, offering to double the one-day target of £27,000 if it was reached.
— Distinct Athlete (@DistinctAthlete) March 15, 2020
If you’ve got a following online you can find that you have the ability to inspire them to give to a cause.
The San Antonio-based author Shea Serrano used Twitter to help some of the low-wage and hourly workers who were already desperately needed tips and shifts because of the coronavirus outbreak. In three days he raised $10,000. For individuals, not organisations helping them. All he needed as proof of need was screenshots of student-loan statements and overdue medical bills.
Philanthropy helps us overcome feelings of powerlessness in face of Virus https://t.co/Bpf8Q0Zo8T
— Penelope Cagney (@penelopecagney) March 16, 2020
And here is his original tweet:
who has a bill coming up that they’re not sure they’re gonna be able to pay
send me your bill and your venmo
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) March 13, 2020
Fitness expert Joe Wicks, who is getting the nation’s children (and adults) moving at 9am each morning, has pledged to donate all the income from these videos on his YouTube channel will be donated “straight to the NHS, to support the real heroes right now”.
According to The Guardian “in the first two days alone, Wicks’s YouTube channel had notched up more than 5m views.”
— The Body Coach (@thebodycoach) March 27, 2020
And here is what he has gone on to achieve:
Absolutely over the moon to announce that we, as a community training together with #PEWithJoe have raised an incredible £91,256.38 for @NHSCharities 🙌🏽🌏❤️ Thank you for taking part each day. To all the NHS staff we love and appreciate you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/f3KJa8iTjN
— The Body Coach (@thebodycoach) April 20, 2020
A large number of musicians are donating their services to perform for One World: Together at Home which will be streamed live on 18 April. It isn’t a fundraising event itself, but aims to recognise and thank the world’s healthcare workers and other key workers, but is in support of the UN and WHO’s COVID-19 Response Fund.
The momentum for giving is continuing to grow https://t.co/gwjeQhUzm7
— Mark Phillips (@Markyphillips) April 6, 2020
More examples of doing good
How are you helping others during the coronavirus outbreak? https://t.co/WQMYKutu5i
— The Guardian (@guardian) March 15, 2020
Coronavirus UK – social media users club together to help ill and elderlyhttps://t.co/dJe61Pkytg
— Michael (@therightarticle) March 13, 2020
— sounddelivery (@sounddelivery) March 22, 2020
Kind people on here are wondering what to do to help others through the #Covid19 pandemic. I’ve been collecting ideas and insights…..
— Roz Davies (@roz_davies) March 14, 2020
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