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COVID-19: Inspiring Stories from Around the World

COVID-19 has brought truly unprecedented times that no one saw coming. Seemingly overnight, the world as we knew it, changed! As the coronavirus started to jump borders and spread across the continents, many who were traveling abroad quickly scrambled to return home to family members and loved ones… while others were stranded, having to remain sequestered on quarantined cruise ships.

Amid the fear, uncertainty, and rapidly changing information, there are many inspiring stories of everyday heroes who have restored faith in humanity! Arising out of the chaos and confusion, “everyday people” have abundantly given out of the kindness of their hearts, and have even given their lives!

Inspiring Stories

As is often the case in a crisis, this coronavirus pandemic has revealed the true character of many people. Though there are plenty of negative and discouraging stories, there are also countless inspiring stories that have surfaced over the last few weeks of people doing what they can to help others including neighbors and friends, as well as complete strangers.

Not all heroes wear capes!

One story that trended over social media is about Suzanne Hoylaerts, a Belgian woman 90 years of age. She offered her respirator to another patient saying, “I don’t want the artificial respirator, save it for younger patients. I had a beautiful life. Don’t cry, you did everything you could for me.”

Age, wealth, race, religion, politics, and all the other things that make us who we are as individuals seem to matter a little less, and the fact that we are all human and in this world together, comes to matter more.

Next-door Neighbors

A 33-year-old lady in San Francisco posted on social media… “Hi neighbors, if you will be missing a paycheck/contract work, or if money is tight for food and supplies, message me and I will send you 20 dollars, no questions asked”.

Millions are going to experience financial hardships, and many are going to rely on the generosity of others to help them through these challenging times. Thankfully there are generous people who are willing to help. Even if it is only a few dollars, it makes a difference.

First-grader Kindness

Cavanaugh Bell, a seven-year-old from Gaithersburg, Maryland, wanted to help local senior citizens in his area. He generously used USD $600 of his own money that he had saved up from birthdays and Christmases to put together coronavirus care packs for seniors.  The care packs included cereal, tea, fresh fruit, canned goods, mouthwash, and a bottle of bleach along with a hot meal from a local restaurant. Cavanaugh then went door to door delivering the care packages to his elderly neighbors.

Shopping Angels

Jade Powell, a medical student from Nevada, has started a charity called Shopping Angels. She started rallying her friends and put a group of 90 people together who could volunteer their time to go shopping at grocery stores and deliver food to people who are unable to leave their homes during this pandemic. Her idea has really taken off and now there are over 5,700 volunteers across the US wanting to do the same thing. More people around the globe are starting to follow Jade’s lead and there are now Shopping Angels in Australia and Canada as well.

Helping the Communities

In Mexico, the culture is one of community, and always helping out those who are in need. Nothing less is expected during a pandemic. Not only are families banding together during this time, but whole towns are doing what they can to lend a helping hand.

A community in Michoacán is working day and night manufacturing masks for healthcare workers. They are using their own resources in conjunction with any donations others provide, to help supply the increasing demand for protective equipment. This project originated with a family living in Morelia who designed the reusable masks themselves.

López says, “We might not have all the money for everyone in the hospitals, but one way or another we are going to give them their reusable masks”.

COVID-19 in Puerto Vallarta

As one of the last countries to be hit with the coronavirus outbreak, Mexico watched the pandemic roll through the world and saw the devastating results as it spread like wildfire. Knowing what to expect has enabled Mexican authorities to take action and be pro-active.

Puerto Vallarta and the entire Bay of Banderas area has been taking measures to ensure the safety of those living here. Social distancing has not only been requested but instituted. The local beaches have been closed, and all non-essential services have been mandated to close as well. Grocery stores and other essential services remain open and operational.

Public health is being taken very seriously with the hope of flattening the curve of contagion and avoid as many cases as possible from overwhelming the health care system. The authorities have increased their presence as we approach the most celebrated holiday of the year, Semana Santa. Roadblocks are being set up, hotels are closing and police are monitoring the beaches.

As the number of cases in Mexico increases, people are banding together to ensure we are as safe as possible while also helping out our fellow neighbors in need.

Helping Out

If you would like to be of assistance to the staff of TAFER Resorts as well as the communities that are affected by COVID-19, we have determined the most effective way for us to coordinate these efforts is via the Eagle’s Wings Foundation (EWF).

The mission of Eagle’s Wings is to provide assistance to various charitable organizations in the Villa Group and TAFER Resorts destinations. Thankfully EWF has been a long-time supporter of our communities, and now more than ever they want to join with you to make a difference in this time of need.

To donate to the relief efforts for those affected by COVID-19, please visit the EWF site and click on the PayPal link. All donations received through April 30 will be earmarked directly for COVID-19 relief, and will not be included in the funds donated throughout the year for general grant purposes.

Please visit the EWF website at www.eagles-wings-foundation.org today and click on the “donate now” button to help those in need. We thank you in advance for your generosity in helping the communities of our resorts affected by COVID-19.

Eagle’s Wings Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation, Tax ID# 33-0883036