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Kindnesses aplenty during virus scare

Dallas Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin. [AP Photo]
Dallas Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin. [AP Photo]

You may have heard about the man in Tennessee who figured he’d make a buck off the coronavirus outbreak by hoarding hand sanitizer and selling it online at inflated prices. He was exposed, his plan went poof! and he was left with nearly 18,000 bottles of the stuff. Serves him right.

In times of crisis, there will always be people who look to take advantage of others. But there also are far more good people than bad in our midst, and their acts of kindness merit some mention.

Like the woman in Bend, Oregon who tweeted about her experience at a grocery store. While walking across the parking lot, she heard someone call out. It was an elderly woman, sitting in her vehicle with her husband, afraid to go into the store due to health concerns.

“Through the crack in the window she handed me a $100 bill and a grocery list, and asked if I would be willing to buy her groceries,” the woman tweeted. “I bought the groceries and placed them in her trunk, and gave her back the change. She told me she had been sitting in the care for nearly 45 min before I had arrived, waiting to ask the right person for help.”

Her Twitter thread was shared more than half a million times.

Locally, The Oklahoman’s Carla Hinton, who covers religion and faith issues, says she knows of some churches that have set up volunteer banks to help people in need, and the Islamic community is working to do the same. No doubt similar efforts are underway across the state.

Our editor, Kelly Dyer Fry, wrote this week about a family in an Edmond neighborhood that left fliers on their neighbors' doorsteps offering to help in any way they could.

Professional sports stars, some of them with Oklahoma ties, are doing what they can to ease the pain inflicted by this outbreak.

Former Oklahoma State football player Blake Jarwin, now with the Dallas Cowboys, signed a three-year contract extension this week worth $24.25 million, $9.25 million of that guaranteed. Jarwin, a graduate of Tuttle High School, plans to give some of his signing bonus to OSU, to help employees impacted by the cancellation of spring sporting events.

Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin, who grew up in Oklahoma City and played at the University of Oklahoma, is donating $100,000 to workers at the Pistons’ arena who are affected by the suspension of the NBA season. Other NBA players are doing the same.

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz is donating half a million dollars to support the team’s arena staff and “COVID-related social service” relief in Utah, Oklahoma City and his home country, France. It was here where Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the league to suspend the season.

While Disneyland is closed, the Southern California theme park will donate its excess food to a food bank in Orange County. The list goes on and on.

The coronavirus presents a massive challenge, but it's got nothing on most folks’ innate decency.

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