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Good news: April 24, 2020

Posted at 7:07 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 20:07:00-04

While the world remains on lockdown, there are still good things happening. KATC's Dave Baker takes a look at some of the good news stories making headlines.

She lived through the Spanish Flu Pandemic in 1918, and now she's making masks to help her community through the COVID-19 pandemic.

104-year-old Gertrude Larson of Fergus Falls, Minnesota is sewing masks for nursing home staff and residents, on a machine she bought in 1939. The former nurse says the project is doing what her ancestors did, taking care of one another.

Looking for another way to say "Thanks" to workers on the front lines of the COVID 19 pandemic?

Four friends in Williamsville, New York have created a website called "Six feet closer." It allows anyone to make a video to be sent to a frontline worker anywhere in the country. Users can also nominate nurses, doctors, firefighters, police officers, store clerks and others to receive a message of thanks.

A Lowell, Massachusetts nurse has created a program to produce pictures of loved ones for Coronavirus patients.

Jeanna Barbieri says she wanted to do more for her patients while they're hospitalized. So, she set up an email address, created a social media hashtag, "Pictures for Patients" and even bought a printer. She's already delivered two dozen photos to her patients.

Charities that usually visit pediatric cancer patients are finding innovative ways around the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Connecticut, volunteers dressed as super heroes, robots and T-Rexes and stood outside Yale New Haven Hospital, waiving to patients, and even healthcare workers inside. They're also putting on virtual events, like yoga and baking classes.

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