If you pay attention to the news, then you’ll probably agree that it’s not easy to remain positive these days.
But in light of protests and a pandemic, it’s important to remember that Georgia residents have come together in recent weeks. These acts of kindness don’t go unnoticed and inspire us all to do the same!
Here at Gerber & Holder Law, we wanted to share a few of our favorite stories we’ve found to add a bright spot to your day.
“We are all in this together.”
Jennifer Knox, owner of the Sand Bar in Tybee Island, GA, is one of many business owners affected by the coronavirus. She was forced to shut her doors in March right before their busiest season coming out of winter. The idea on how to help her employees hit her as she sat in the empty bar one day and noticed all of the dollar bills stapled on the walls.
After days of carefully taking them down and cleaning them up, Knox and her volunteers counted $3,714 that she distributed to her now unemployed staff, plus some money donated by regular customers.
“I have to make sure everybody is good.”
A red Mustang GT 5.0, or making sure her employees don’t go hungry?
This wasn’t even a question in Charity Salyers’ mind when she sold her car and used the money to help her employees. Salyers is the owner of Vittles, a restaurant in Smyrna, GA that had to shut their doors at the beginning of the pandemic.
The money from her car was enough to get her employees through at least a month of quarantine.
“Her strength and determination are amazing.”
Maude Burke was discharged from the Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany, GA on April 20th after recovering from the coronavirus, just shy of her 100th birthday. This makes her the oldest patient to contract COVID-19 and the hospital staff considers her an inspiration.
The nurses, doctors and staff sent her off with a big hurrah the day she was discharged. They lined the hall leading to the hospital’s entrance and gave her a big cheer as she left to continue recovering at home.
Animals go on a field trip to the Georgia Aquarium.
The Georgia Aquarium recently hosted some very special and adorable guests. In partnership with the Atlanta Humane Society, 5 kittens got to hang with the fish in April. A video posted by ABC7 shows Nemo, Guppy, Dory, Marlin and Bubbles transfixed by an assortment of sea creatures, eager to pounce and play.
One little girl makes a big difference.
Holli McMillian, age 10, has a heart for others that’s greater than her size. With the COVID-19 pandemic still afoot, she’s putting her compassion to good use by sewing masks for medical professionals.
According to her mother, April McMillian, Holli learned to sew from an early age with the help of her instructor, Kevia Mack, who runs the youth development program “Stitch It 2 ‘Em.” Mack has recently taught Holli how to sew masks, and since then the young girl has decided to stitch 100 masks to give to nurses and doctors and other healthcare professionals with short supply.