Looking For The Helpers


Photo courtesy of Morning Star Online

“Today, Italy is not alone,” said Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio. Members of the Chinese Red Cross prior to a press conference in Rome to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

In the wake of the coronavirus, it is important to look out and see the helpers. Such as those who are risking exposure themselves in order to care for the sick, those offering to help others and students offering comfort to each other in times that can be scary. 

Chinese doctors are offering help to Italy. 

According to a 2020 MorningStar article, “China sends medical experts to support Italy and Spain’s fight against coronavirus by Steve Sweeney, “A charter flight with a nine-member Chinese medical-aid team and tons of supplies arrived in Rome last night. Organized by the National Health Commission and the Red Cross Society of China, the flight carried 700 pieces of equipment including ventilators, monitors and defibrillators. …It is the third team of experts deployed by the Chinese authorities. Missions and shipments of supplies have already been sent to Iraq and Iran, the latter being one of the countries worst affected by coronavirus so far.”

NBA players are sharing their wealth with the arena workers who are no longer able to work due to the season being canceled. 

According to a 2020 Sports Illustrated article, “Tracking which NBA teams, players are helping to pay arena workers” by Ben Pickman, “Hawks owner Tony Ressler announced Thursday that he would implement a plan to make sure employees of State Farm Arena were paid. Cavaliers forward Kevin Love pledged a donation of $100,000 on Thursday to help team support staff and employees at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Cavs [Cavaliers] said they are working on a plan to compensate “event staff and hourly workforce.” Mark Cuban announced Wednesday that he would set up a payment plan for his stadium’s hourly workers.

Students are reaching out and making sure that others are okay. 

“My mom has been freaking out about my dad and my grandma getting the virus,” Paige Sakorafos ‘21 said. “I told her that we should just go camping because that always makes her calm and happy. We packed up and just went to our camper because it is parked for the winter. That is what we are doing for the first weekend of the ‘social distancing’. It really helped calm her nerves. On Thursday, I made cupcakes so I brought them in on Friday, before the break. They helped calm everyone’s nerves and anxiety about what was going to happen within the break.”

During times of anxiety, there are always people who are willing to help. 

As Fred Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”