Photo of a Person Delivering Food, One of the Many Random Acts of Kindness.In the midst of a pandemic, the world is experiencing dark times. Sickness, unemployment, isolation, and feelings of depression and anxiety are just a few of the many side effects of COVID-19. Many say that the pandemic is bringing out the worst in people – some aren’t taking quarantine seriously and are risking getting others sick, some are hoarding items from grocery stores, and so on. But the pandemic is also bringing out the best in humanity, as people come together and create a village of hope, support, and help with those surrounding them.

Random Acts of Kindness in Hatteras Island

Photo of Christmas Lights on the Porch, a Part of the Island's Random Acts of Kindness.

The tight-knit island community always pulls together to weather a storm. The storm of the pandemic is no exception – the community is decorating their homes with Christmas lights to lift spirits during this trying time. Homeowners are decorating anchors and placing them on their front porch to signify “Hatteras Strong”. 

Photo of a Caroling Woman on a Golf Cart, One of the Many Random Acts of Kindness.Members of the community are doing what they can to bring joy and happiness to their neighbors. One woman drove around in her golf cart, playing Christian Hymns on her flute to spread smiles among her neighborhood.

The community as a whole are volunteering and doing what they can to keep others happy, safe, and healthy. Some members are preparing breakfast and lunch for students in need at the community center in Rodanthe and Cape Hatteras Elementary school, and many are volunteering to provide childcare, support for homeschooling, grocery, and personal item delivery, and delivering hot meals to the elder and anyone in need. 

Random Acts of Kindness Throughout the Nation

People all around the country are offering to help others through this difficult time. Neighborhoods and counties are coming together and doing what they can to help others stay safe and healthy. No act of kindness is going unnoticed, no matter how small or large. 

Facebook pages are being created within communities in the nation. Members from the community are posting on these pages when they are making trips to the grocery store or going to get supplies and offer to pick up and drop off supplies for anybody in their community who may need it. Some post on the Facebook page when they are in need of something but can’t get it themselves or can’t find it, and people in the community jump right in and offer assistance.

Fast food and local restaurants are also pitching in. Many restaurants in all states are staying open and offering delivery and curb-side pick up services so that families are still able to eat if they can’t make it to the grocery store, or can’t find what they need. Grocery stores are also offering delivery services so that people don’t have to leave their houses and can continue to practice social distancing. Many grocery stores are even establishing “elderly hours” so that the elderly can come into the grocery store right away in the morning and avoid crowds.

Businesses Stepping Forward

Hundreds of businesses have been stepping in to help fill in the gaps. These companies are aiding first responders and healthcare workers by providing vital equipment like protective masks, as well as the rest of the nation, whether they need meals, storage, or other services. 

  • MGM Resorts International donated 480,000 pounds of food to food banks and communities across the US and pledged $1 million of disaster relief into an employee emergency grant fund that will help employees pay bills and cover unexpected expenses
  • Louis Vuitton’s parent company is using its cosmetics and perfume manufacturing facilities to make free alcohol-based sanitizer 
  • Burger King is giving away two free kids’ meals with any purchase made via the Burger King App
  • Uber Eats is donating 300,000 meals to first responders and healthcare workers
  • Facebook donated 720,000 masks that were leftover from the California wildfires
  • Stop & Shop stores are opening earlier for senior citizens and immunocompromised people so that they can shop without risking their health in large crowds
  • U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage to college students who are displaced

Shore Details: Staying Healthy

At Shore Details, we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with heightened cleaning, sanitation, and disinfecting protocols. We ask that you do your part to maintain your health, and the health of those around you by frequently washing your hands, regularly wiping down and sanitizing surface areas, as well as staying in your room if you are developing any flu-like symptoms. Please stay safe in this time of uncertainty – we are all in this together!