There are heroes of the pandemic everywhere. Doctors, nurses, and first responders might be the first ones that come to mind, but among the essential businesses and services left open, workers are busy keeping our society afloat.

Delivery drivers, shop keepers, garbagemen, retail employees, and restaurant workers are all average people doing their job amid the pandemic. Armed with just some gloves and a mask, they are afraid to come to work and deal with potentially infected customers. They, too, are risking their lives to potential exposure. Our country has shifted gears into wartime-like manufacturing mode, with automakers making ventilators, home-based seamstresses sewing fabric face masks, and out-of-work fabricators making plastic face shields in their machinist warehouses. Everyone across the country is trying to pitch in and help put an end to COVID-19. These people are truly unsung heroes who deserve our appreciation. Here are some everyday heroes emerging from our pandemic:  

  • Crissy Becker is a truck driver for Maine’s Belvin Logistics. She has been on the road for the past six weeks, constantly driving, with little sleep, to deliver goods throughout the country. She is a mom, but “instead of going home, I stayed out driving my truck.” She gives credit to the hundreds of other truck drivers in the country. “We are one of the only things keeping [the] economy alive as it is.” She is one of many people “staying out here, putting ourselves at risk of the COVID-19. So y’all can have what you need.” Source: CBS News
  • Aaron Meier is a garbage collector in San Francisco. He shared on Twitter, “I can’t work from home, and my job is an essential city service that must get done. It’s a tough job, from getting up at predawn to the physical toll it takes on my body to the monotonous nature of the job, at times it’s hard to keep going. Right now, I am feeling an extra sense of pride and purpose as I do my work. I see the people, my people, of my city, peeking out their windows at me. They’re scared, we’re scared. Scared but resilient. Us garbagemen are gonna keep collecting the garbage...It’s gonna be ok, we’re gonna make it be ok.” Source: CBS News
  • Sara Racicot is a Walmart manager for the Epping and Portsmouth, NH stores. She has described the crowds as “crazy busy.” Her employees have been busy restocking shelves, ringing up long lines, and helping to ensure customers practice social distancing. She said, “It’s just been scary to work in retail when people are wearing masks, and I have to ring up front.” Although there is the occasional customer who ignores the six-foot rule or makes a joke about coughing, for the most part, customers have shown the employees kindness. Walmart has also provided bonuses to employees and gloves to help keep their hands clean. Source: Seacoast Online
  • Beth Philley of Canton, OH, has opened a free grocery giveaway in her driveway. She calls it The Free Little Grocery Store, and she has helped her neighbors every day by providing non-perishable foods and other essentials. Inspired by other stories on Facebook, Philley decided to help in her small capacity. She sees 30-40 people a day, and people also drop off items and monetary donations. Source: Canton Rep   

Do you know of a hero giving of themselves during the COVID-19 crisis? If so, send us an email and let us know: help@covid19coalition.org

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