8 Good Things That Happened This Week

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New Yorkers Clap For Essential Workers

At 7 p.m. every night, New York City finds a moment of solidarity. Video from last weekend shows thousands of quarantined New Yorkers standing on their balconies and stoops to applaud first responders, health care workers, and other essential workers on the frontlines of the pandemic.


John Krasinski Launches a Good News YouTube Channel

Perennial ray of light John Krasinski brought good vibes to the internet with the launch of his YouTube channel, “Some Good News.” In his inaugural episode, Krasinski celebrated the 15th anniversary of The Office by interviewing his co-star Steve Carell. If you’ve got good news of your own, submit it to Krasinski and it could be featured on his next weekly installment.


Inspiring Group of Medical Workers Fly to Aid New York

In an image that demonstrates true sacrifice, more than two dozen medical professionals from Georgia are seen on a flight to New York. The healthcare workers smile and raise heart signs as they travel to aid the epicenter of the pandemic.

“These brave souls soldier on in the midst of tremendous risk and exposure, constantly putting the needs of others above their own,” Southwest Airlines captioned an Instagram image of the passengers. “Their selfless sacrifice is a beacon of light during such a dark time in our world, and no amount of gratitude and praise would ever be enough. Because of their courage, our family, our friends, our coworkers, our neighbors, and more have a fighting chance.”


The #DontRushChallenge Sweeps TikTok

Daunted by the same pair of sweatpants and an untouched collection of makeup products? Look to the #DontRushChallenge for some mid-quarantine inspo. The TikTok trend swept the internet this week, featuring women of color collaborating to hype up each other’s outfits. For the challenge, video clips are edited together to look as if each woman is passing an object to the next as they get ready for an imaginary night out. Buzzfeed has rounded up some of the best versions, so enjoy the fab transformations.


Highly-Anticipated Disney Movies Are Getting New Release Dates

Deep breath, fellow movie buffs: many of this year’s previously-postponed blockbusters are getting new release dates. After mass theater closures delayed several high-profile movies, Disney announced new debuts for Mulan, Black Widow, and Captain Marvel 2. Plus, Warner Bros. confirmed Wonder Woman 1984 will hit theaters in August. That means your 2020 movie-going will still include some powerful women-led flicks.


Dog Delivers Groceries To A Quarantined Neighbor

For this week’s This Cute Animal Story Will Make You Cry, CBS News reports on Colorado woman Karen Eveleth, whose dog Sunny is making grocery deliveries throughout their neighborhood. The golden retriever has been trained to pick up a shopping list and then deliver essential goods to a neighbor with health issues, providing the wholesome footage above.


A Grandfather and Granddaughter Have Socially Distant Dance-Off

A Jackson 5 classic reunites Kira Neely, 6 and her 80-year-old grandfather Marvin Neely for a socially distant dance sequence. Even amidst shelter-at-home orders, Kira and Marvin were able to keep their bond strong—albeit from a distance. Kira’s mother captured the viral video, which made its way to Good Morning America this week.


A Brooklyn Landlord Canceled Rent For Hundreds of Tenants

In a time of financial strife for many, the New York Times profiled a Brooklyn landlord who is easing stress for his tenants during the pandemic. “STAY SAFE, HELP YOUR NEIGHBORS & WASH YOUR HANDS!!!” Mario Salerno wrote on signs posted around his 18 residential buildings, letting residents known that rent for the month of April would be waived. “My concern is everyone’s health,” Salerno told the Times. “I told them just to look out for your neighbor and make sure that everyone has food on their table.”

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