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. ❤️
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
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
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 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
7. WENHAM TEA HOUSE REDEFINES THE MEANING OF TEA TIME!
8. COOKING WITH LUCY – A 97 YEAR OLD CHEF BAKES ON FACEBOOK LIVE
Posted by Mary Ellen Raneri on Sunday, March 29, 2020
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.