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Colleges continue to help out the health care workers, and one health care network is looking for some kind words for those on the front lines of this pandemic.

Giving more

OU Medicine reports that it received a donation from the University of Oklahoma Research, the Biology Department, Stephenson Research and Technology Center, and many others across the university. The donation of N95 and surgical masks, eye protection, gloves and other protective equipment were delivered over three days last week.

"University staff and faculty rallied together to make this incredible donation possible and even sent thank you notes to the hospital employees for their efforts during this time!" according to a post by OU Medicine on Facebook.

To learn how you can help out during this time visitoumedicine.com/giving.

Notes of love and appreciation

If you want to share your love and appreciation for health care providers, here's your chance. Integris is collecting personal notes and short, self-filmed smartphone videos to share with its frontline caregivers.

If you want to reach out to them to thank them for their bravery, you can submit a short video or note to integrisnews@integrisok.com. Please include your full name and the city where you live in the submission. All submissions need to be in by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

How to help

We turn to the FEMA website for some suggestions about how you can help groups specifically working on the COVID-19 crisis.

Donations

• Cash donations to the nonprofit of your choice IS THE BEST donation. (The emphasis is FEMA's.)

• You can find vetted nonprofit organizations supporting COVID-19 response efforts at www.NVOAD.org.

• Don’t collect or make donations until you are sure it is needed, who will accept it and how it will get there is worked out.

Volunteering

• Licensed health care professionals who want to volunteer can get information on eligibility, view credential levels by clinical competency and register with the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals in their state.

• Trained medical volunteers can offer their services by registering with a National VOAD member on www.NVOAD.org. Please not begin operations without contacting NVOAD first. You will be contacted once resources are matched with unmet needs.

As always, donate blood

Adequate supplies of blood are needed to treat patients in hospitals, but many blood drives have been canceled. Donating blood is a safe process, and blood donation centers have the highest standards of safety and infection control. To find where you can donate blood, visit the Oklahoma Blood Institute at obi.org.
 
Help us out
We're looking for feel-good stories in the midst of the pandemic. If you have any verifiable tales of kindness, we want to hear about them. Simply email kraymond@oklahoman.com.

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A sign for medical workers is placed in front of the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City,  Saturday, March 28, 2020.  [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

A sign for medical workers is placed in front of the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Saturday, March 28, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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[Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Customers wait for their to go orders at Empire Slice House in the The Plaza District, usually crowded on a Friday night, is bare because of the stay-at-home orders issued my Mayor Holt and Governor Stitt to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Friday, March 27, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Customers wait for their to go orders at Empire Slice House in the The Plaza District, usually crowded on a Friday night, is bare because of the stay-at-home orders issued my Mayor Holt and Governor Stitt to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Friday, March 27, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-49d87658167e7351867402e63d833404.jpg" alt="Photo - The Plaza District, usually crowded on a Friday night, is bare because of the stay-at-home orders issued my Mayor Holt and Governor Stitt to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Friday, March 27, 2020. 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Friday, March 27, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Goro Ramen patio sits empty in The Plaza District, usually crowded on a Friday night, is bare because of the stay-at-home orders issued my Mayor Holt and Governor Stitt to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Friday, March 27, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Goro Ramen patio sits empty in The Plaza District, usually crowded on a Friday night, is bare because of the stay-at-home orders issued my Mayor Holt and Governor Stitt to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Friday, March 27, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-efe702f23346e2b0eede6f4b30685e21.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-57677903c3e41f1aa8e7059cb034225c.jpg" alt="Photo - A truck drives through Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="A truck drives through Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A truck drives through Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-aca969c2736f181887de11e41562a448.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty streets along the Dr. G. E. Finely bridge on N. Walnut looking south towards Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty streets along the Dr. G. E. Finely bridge on N. Walnut looking south towards Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty streets along the Dr. G. E. Finely bridge on N. Walnut looking south towards Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d8461c3841cd39a64d783429cb602f6f.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-be83145cd6c3ec74293890226104c761.jpg" alt="Photo - Two people walk across an empty Bricktown parking lot in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Two people walk across an empty Bricktown parking lot in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Two people walk across an empty Bricktown parking lot in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-765243d1329b62bb96d7bb8a8343de97.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty streets in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty streets in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty streets in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7f31c41a7f95a321bfe653f62b3b292f.jpg" alt="Photo - An empty street car in the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="An empty street car in the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>An empty street car in the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-118e91e393b46375f3a11bf695470422.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty streets in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty streets in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty streets in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-1a53cee4b0099f0c29063dd3fdcbb73f.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-fb89c699be16d2f87c53c2d359b446c4.jpg" alt="Photo - The Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="The Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>The Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-db9c8c865582beaae49df638473e1112.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ee474c77e108985775548d8453de7cb6.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-865242b14764c3a1842b4b62be3bc43a.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c22c12e17260a7a7dd6ac96d750ada88.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty sidewalks along the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-55cc973e8dd907d1a72c955e3ce534c5.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ad06f12172d3a7f3cc4c59a8e5682187.jpg" alt="Photo - Chairs are placed on tables at the Grateful Bean Cafe in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Chairs are placed on tables at the Grateful Bean Cafe in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Chairs are placed on tables at the Grateful Bean Cafe in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c038471f317793824052c379bb8981da.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-2cf41feee4a78c8728de9d7790d17cd3.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty chairs are pictured at Not Your Average Joe in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty chairs are pictured at Not Your Average Joe in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty chairs are pictured at Not Your Average Joe in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6240af7e060ca7c2969a6495f33fe166.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-bb0b4ce5064f757213d2346692b34382.jpg" alt="Photo - The Grateful Bean Cafe is pictured in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="The Grateful Bean Cafe is pictured in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>The Grateful Bean Cafe is pictured in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ed27734b1902de3cdf48bd3b1b66f59e.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty chairs are pictured at Louie's in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty chairs are pictured at Louie's in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty chairs are pictured at Louie's in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-15a45913c7899c5bdc89dc810457d156.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-54c9334cddd4bb2a6cfacf3c8baa877e.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-32a103db6c2ac600401e304008e37ca5.jpg" alt="Photo - James E. McNellie's Public House is pictured in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="James E. McNellie's Public House is pictured in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>James E. McNellie's Public House is pictured in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-330c881995abac55f3c98772a3b4d5a4.jpg" alt="Photo - Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Empty streets are picture in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-1f1738ed68e428c7dd11ab68b24d127b.jpg" alt="Photo - The Jones Assembly is pictured in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="The Jones Assembly is pictured in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>The Jones Assembly is pictured in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c10538a0313c2702460f1e7b3b3c2062.jpg" alt="Photo - James E. McNellie's Public House is pictured in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="James E. McNellie's Public House is pictured in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>James E. McNellie's Public House is pictured in Midtown in Oklahoma City, Okla., Friday, March 27, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure>
Ken Raymond

Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In... Read more ›

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