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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Acts of kindness

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Another day of living like ghosts, haunting our own homes and trying to avoid strangers, friends and close proximity — but it's also another opportunity to be thankful for everyone laboring in this crisis to make the world a little better place.

That's worth celebrating.


Tweets for truckers

Braum's tweeted this today: Trucking Friends, Braum's has stores across five states that offer parking for your rigs. Most of our stores are still offering a take-out option. For a full list, visit our website & scroll to the bottom section: bit.ly/2WkuEJh


Honk for health care

This is a nother tidbit from OKC Therapy Dogs, folks "gathered" last night at Mercy Hospital in northwest Oklahoma City. They stayed in their cars, honked the horns and flashed the lights to let health care workers inside know they were supported. 


Matching donations

Echo Energy, an Oklahoma City independent oil and gas, is matching employees' charitable donations made to Oklahoma City Center, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma or Infant Crisis Services up to $500. The company is encouraging employees to help their neighbors during this time of crisis.

“Now more than ever, we must come together and put community first,” said Christian Kanady, Echo Energy founder and CEO. “By matching employee donations, we can have an even greater impact as we work to prevent and recover from coronavirus. These organizations are just a few of the excellent groups helping to fill a need, especially for Oklahoma children. I encourage our employees, as well as Oklahomans at large, to reach out to their neighbors to be a source of kindness as we weather this storm together.”  


Dove collects, sews masks


Students from Dove Schools are sewing face masks to limit the spread of the coronavirus to nurses and doctors. They are calling for community participation.

JOANN Fabrics and Crafts will donate 50 kits per day on a first come, first served basis. Participating locations are listed below, and early arrival is suggested. Video tutorials can be found on YouTube. 

Dove Science Academy Middle School Principal Silap Berdiyev is available for one-on-one instruction, virtually, and can be reached at 405-541-7825.

JOANN Fabrics and Crafts in Oklahoma City is at 8345 N Rockwell Ave.


Soccer clubs donate proceeds to nonprofits

Energy FC, as well as 34 other clubs across the USL Championship, will donate a percentage of merchandise proceeds to organizations in their communities to provide support during April.  Twenty percent of the proceeds from OKC Energy FC merchandise sales at shop.energyfc.com will go to the United Way of Central Oklahoma.

“We're looking to help any way we can because folks throughout Oklahoma are hurting,” said Jeff Kretchmar, Energy FC Chief Operating Officer. "The Oklahoma Standard is something we always practice, so when the league called to ask if we would be interested in this initiative, it was a very easy decision."

Energy FC also donated protein bars to the OKCity Center and Papa John’s pizzas to employees at SSM Health St. Anthony.

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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[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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