Much of the news we’re seeing these days about the coronavirus, protests and other stories are showing that 2020 is truly shaping up to be a difficult year for many. And while it’s important to keep up with these current events, it’s also important to remember that life is going on despite the spread of the virus.
Moreover, some Georgia citizens and organizations are doing extraordinary things in the midst of all the bad news. The team at Scholle Law wanted to pass along just a few of these uplifting stories.
Atlanta Humane Society brings puppies to the Georgia Aquarium
Since the Georgia Aquarium is closed to visitors, the Atlanta Humane Society took advantage of the empty aquarium and used the space to exercise some adorable puppies. Watch as puppies are able to run, play and make friends with some of the aquarium’s attractions. This was not only a great way to help burn off puppy energy, but it also socializes the puppies which is helpful once they’re adopted. Plus, it was fun to watch!
Georgia priest doesn’t want to miss parishioners, tapes photos to pews
Robert Schlageter is the priest at St. Anne Catholic Church in Columbus, Georgia. When his church decided to close to in-person services, Schlageter found the first service without an audience to be unsettling and very sad. In order to keep a connection with his parish, Schlageter and the other friars from St. Anne’s borrowed an idea from a priest at the St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School in Italy and asked parishioners to mail or email photos of themselves and their family.
The response was overwhelming. Of the 1,500-member congregation, the friars received more than 650 photos that were taped onto the pews to fill up the church. Some of the photos even came from people who don’t attend the church. This project not only gave the friars an audience during services, but it also allows parishioners to keep connected to their parish.
Matt Ryan donates $100,000 to feed Atlanta
Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan has donated $100,000—to be divided between 2 charitable organizations—to help feed the citizens of Atlanta who need help. The organizations are the Atlanta Community Food Bank (provides the needy with food) and the Giving Kitchen. The Giving Kitchen works to help people working in the food service industry stay afloat during this time of struggle since people are not able (or choose not to) dine out.
Man builds hand washing stations for Atlanta homeless
As we’ve been told since the COVID-19 crisis began, washing your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds is one of the best ways to avoid becoming infected with the coronavirus. But how do you frequently wash your hands if you’re homeless? One man in Atlanta is helping homeless citizens do just that.
Terence Lester, one of the people behind Love Beyond Walls—a group dedicated to supporting the homeless—developed a way to create portable hand washing stations for Atlanta’s homeless. Each station stores between 5 and 10 gallons of clean water and distributes in the areas that typically see the most need.
Georgia attractions entertain kids at home
With kids home from school, parents are looking for ways to keep them entertained (and maybe learn something at the same time). Several Georgia attractions are helping parents out by providing videos for kids to view at home since they can’t visit.
The Fernbank Museum of Natural History has virtual destinations that provide kids with educational, entertaining content. They encourage showing how your family is “Museuming at Home” by using the hashtag #MuseumAtHome and tagging them at @fernbankmuseum.
The Georgia Aquarium is also reaching out to kids through digital learning. They have web cameras around the aquarium where you can watch the aquatic life they have to offer. The participating exhibits include the otters, penguins, beluga whales and the Ocean Voyager tank.
Also providing digital learning content is the Center for Puppetry Arts. They are holding workshops, virtual tours and daily puppet shows. Check out their schedule of events to find something your kids will love.
Many of you (or those you know and love) will be impacted by the coronavirus. We here at Scholle Law want you to know that we still support you and that together we can get through any setback.