With Coronavirus, Lend A Helping Hand

With Coronavirus, Lend A Helping Hand

This is a call to action for us all.

Many organizations are sharing their response to the coronavirus outbreak, providing helpful information and assuring us they are doing everything possible to protect their employees, customers and supporters.  We are, too... from sanitizing to creating an interest-free loan fund for our candle-makers. We deeply appreciate all that our suppliers and partners are doing to help keep everyone healthy.

This morning we're also thinking about an idea that resonates deeply. It's an appeal echoed by many here and around the world, perhaps most poignantly by Germany's leader Angela Merkel:  let us stand in solidarity with one another for the common good.

Like everyone, we've been to our local grocery several times in the past week, stocking up on a few things, adding an extra can of diced tomatoes to the cart. Shelves are a bit bare and some important items are out of stock, but stores are working overtime to replenish them.

Keeping in mind that everyone needs the same staples, Merkel's words are a reminder that we are all in this together. We need to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, and while doing so keep in mind the needs of others. 

So here is a simple call to action for us all. Over the coming weeks and months, let's take a moment to lend a helping hand. Who can't get to the store, or might be afraid to leave their home? Perhaps an elderly neighbor, or someone with a weakened immune system. Maybe they could use a can of diced tomatoes, too.

It’s an easy ask and something we might do anyway, but especially important right now. Making a donation to your local food bank is also a good idea.

As Coretta Scott King said, "The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."

 

Corretta Scott King quote

3 Responses

Juliet
Juliet

March 17, 2020

Thank you Ted,

It is so on-brand for Prosperity Candle to put care of others as a priority. It is a beautiful message that we need right now. Hope all is well with everyone there.

Ted Barber
Ted Barber

March 15, 2020

Thanks, Julia. We love that quote from Coretta Scott King. We hope you and your loved ones are well.

And of course, by a “helping hand” we mean assistance, given the importance of hand-washing and social distancing. This morning I brought bananas and avocados to our 82-year old neighbor who has a covered porch on which to leave requested items.

Julia Ann Colingsworth
Julia Ann Colingsworth

March 15, 2020

Thanks for that inspiring quote! The good work you are doing is appreciated. Blessings to all of you!

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