Happy Tuesday coronavirus quarantine-ees!  Shelter in place deadlines are extending and our nerves are getting more and more frayed, but there is a lot of good news out there.  We’re going to keep bringing it to you.  So hang in there, stay positive,  stay home and enjoy today’s Corona Shut Down Shout Out!

1. GRONK & CAMILLE TO THE RESCUE!

Rob Gronkowski and Camille Kostek are lending a major helping hand to those on the frontlines of the coronavirus fight.  Last night, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day revealed the longtime couple had donated 20,000 KN95 masks to St. Joseph’s Healthcare Network in New Jersey and Boston Medical Center.

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So when we all say we are a FAMILY at @si_swimsuit I mean it in the truest sense of the word. @camillekostek is a former #siswimsearch winner, SI Rookie and 2019 Cover Model. @gronk is her partner in life and @patriots legend and friend and supporter of this brand. They just donated 10,000 KN95 masks to both @sjhnj and @bostonmedicalcenter. And I am moved beyond words. But this type of generosity deserves words. On a personal note, I have been appealing to people to #stayinandsew #flattenthecurve and support their local hospitals and caregivers in need. My husband is a physician at @sjhnj and many of our friends and colleagues are on the front lines there fighting this pandemic. Like many of the hospitals in the epicenter of this war, they are critically short on supplies. Especially masks. What Camille and Rob have done for this hospital, the caregivers, the patients, and the community made me cry tears of joy. It’s been restorative to my faith that we can make a difference no matter how big or small. It shows me that the type of people that I get to work with care about me and you just as much as we care about them. And no matter what team they played for, we are all on the same team now. There is no way to quantify the gratitude I have for you both. Let’s motivate others to do the same, or what they can to help our hospitals and caregivers battle for us. Make a mask, stay home, donate, use your platform. Do what you can, because it all matters. These masks equate to lives saved. Period. Thank you. ❤️

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And she’s not stopping there. Last night, Camille took to her Instagram story to thank everyone involved and to ask her fans to support this ongoing effort via her GoFundMe page. The fundraising effort aims to support doctors and other healthcare workers who are experiencing limited availability of personal protective equipment including masks and gowns.

“Those on the frontline combating this virus must have the protective gear needed to keep them safe. The Change Crowd, LA Relaxed, and Camille Kostek have teamed up with an established international and domestic supply chain with access to N95 and KN95 masks and mask covers,” the GoFundMe page reads. “Every dollar goes directly towards purchasing and creating masks and other medical apparel for healthcare workers in need. Every dollar counts. Every mask counts. Thank you so much for your contribution! #GetBehindTheMask

2. LETS GET VIRTUAL

Workbar -the co-working and event space designed for you, right where you need it – is modifying their communications during this Coronavirus crisis.

We may not be able to gather right now, but we can still connect in profound ways. With this in mind, Boston-born co-working company Workbar is reimagining the concept of community. “Workbar Live” is taking their extremely unique and versatile community – online. Workbar Live will provide educational, impactful and fun virtual content starting this week on Friday, April 3rd with Jebbit founder, Jonathan Lacoste, where they will be discussing how companies can best interact with their consumers amid COVID-19. Sign up here .

Struggling with a different problem in your small business? Follow Workbar on instagram to submit a question to their “Fix-It-Friday Digital Newsletter” which is curated by the entire Workbar team with the help of industry experts.

3. WICKED VACANT KID – SCENES FROM AN ABANDONED BOSTON

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Scenes from an empty Boston

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Take a look at Boston as you have never seen it before.  Coronavirus has impacted the entire world. Here in Boston the streets are literally empty as the population stays at home in an attempt to flatten the coronavirus curve. It’s an eery scene captured by Instagram user Michael Holzwarth / @instah_drone who recently showcased the isolated beauty of our city of Boston and its empty streets.

4. HARVARD GARDENS TO FEED THE FRONTLINES TOMORROW

Harvard Garden’s Facebook post today read: “To the brave men & women of the healthcare workforce, there are simply no words to describe how grateful we are for all that you do. Thank you for serving us everyday — now it’s our turn to serve you!”

Harvard Gardens will offer free grab and go meals for Mass General Hospital employees tomorrow.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. and  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Harvard Gardens, 316 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA

In an effort to show support and gratitude towards their Beacon Hill neighbors at Mass General Hospital, Harvard Gardens and the Lyons Group will provide a free, grab and go lunch and dinner to employees on Wednesday, April 1. A station will be set up outside the restaurant and MGH employees are invited to come pick up lunch at the designated times. Lunches and dinners will include a variety of sandwiches, a drink and assorted snacks. All meals are prepared with the highest CDC regulated sanitation efforts in place. Employees must show their MGH ID badge to redeem this offer, and limit one per person. There will be a vegetarian option available. 

5. CRUSHING OVER SOME FREE PIZZA

Crush Pizza and Sher-A-Punjab, both in Quincy Center, are among the many restaurants in the region and around the nation generously helping out their neighbors in need while facing their own challenges during this extraordinarily difficult time for the industry.
Crush Pizza (1250 Hancock St. in Quincy) is offering free slices of pizza to any child, an effort by owner Tony Naser to help alleviate challenges families may face at home feeding their children, especially those families who have lost jobs and/or depend heavily upon school meals.
Sher-A-Punjab (1237 Hancock St. in Quincy), located directly across the street from Crush, is also making an effort to feed hungry families. The restaurant is offering free food to people who can’t afford to pay to eat, “especially students” notes the downtown Quincy restaurant’s Facebook page. The gratis offerings are available each afternoon between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
All food at both eateries is of course available for take-out only. Crush Pizza and Sher-A-Punjab are located in the heart of Quincy Center, just steps from Quincy Center T on the MBTA Red Line.
6. BE BETTER TOGETHER WITH MARIA MENOUNOS
Better Together is Maria Menounos’ channel that can be viewed on social media and youtube in both LIVE and taped formats.  She created Better Together to serve as a place for listeners to get all the important knowledge and lessons from world class experts and healers that they wouldn’t have access to otherwise! A community that’s focused on sharing experiences and helping one another. To make everyone better, together.
During the Coronavirus shut down, Maria has been focusing her shows on coping, thriving and surviving this crisis.  The show provides a tremendous amount of insight and education.  Maria is a Boston homie and we appreciate all she does to improve the lives of her followers and fans!

7. WENHAM TEA HOUSE REDEFINES THE MEANING OF TEA TIME!

Chris Keohane, owner of the Wenham Tea House – the oldest tea house in America – went from a sit down restaurant to a food delivery service over night. He created an entirely new menu, (including some old favorites from the original menu) and will be constructing new weekly options. Due to the Coronavirus shut down, he was forced to lay off the majority of his staff.  He currently is working with a skeleton crew through this crisis to ensure the highest level of sanitizing at every level and get great food to the pubic in their homes.
“A lot of people have asked me, ‘Why didn’t you just run your take-out menu from your normal menu offering?’ The answer is simple,” said Keohane. “In order to produce the high quality meals, presentation and culinary tactfulness, that we do-day-in-and-day-out at the Tea House, we have to carry a higher price point for our in house dining. However, the meals that we’re producing throughout this crisis are at a lower price point that everybody can afford without breaking the bank by paying restaurant prices. I think it’s extremely important to keep prices low and affordable. Our meals reflect that. My intention is simple … keep the food delicious, nutritious and affordable.”
In addition to running the home delivery side of his business, Keohane is also working to raise funds for his laid-off staff and recently launched a GoFundMe page to support that effort.  This Sunday they are producing a LIVE DJ dance party with Dane Leveton from Levitate Weddings – where Dane will be DJing LIVE from The Wenham Tea House so everyone can party along with them in their homes. During the live DJ set, donations can be paid to @levitate-weddings on Venmo to help support the staff.  So get ready to dance in your PJs Boston.

8. COOKING WITH LUCY – A 97 YEAR OLD CHEF BAKES ON FACEBOOK LIVE

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97-yea-old Lucy Pollack and her daughter Mary Ellen Raneri – a Pennsylvania mother-daughter duo that has created a virtual cooking show that people – across the globe – are watching while being stuck at home.

“Baking with Lucy” is a Facebook show sharing the recipes of Lucy Pollock, 97, of Latrobe, PA, along with her daughter, Mary Ellen Raneri, and it’s quickly becoming an internet hit!  They told their local news station that the show has had up to 3,000 people watching at one time, with viewers from as far away as Australia, Germany, Naples and Tripoli. “It’s all over the world, I guess,” Raneri said.  Watch their next episode on their “Baking with Lucy” Facebook page.

9. PLUTO THE DOG HAS SOME SHELTERING IN PLACE ADVICE

This is ridiculously silly, but we love it anyway.  Pluto the dog lives in Montreal, Canada and wanted to share his tips for staying safe curing the coronavirus shut down. Thank you Pluto.