5 Friyays – May 8

5 Friyays – May 8

Hey, all! Another week has passed in this new reality! It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but rest assured everything is pretty much the same here in Pittsburgh. We’re enjoying the few minutes of Spring weather we’re getting, cursing the rain, and waiting to see what the next step for our city is. For as horrible as the news is every day, I did find some great stories for my Friyays. I will always believe in the better nature of humans – even if you have to dig a bit harder to find it.

Graduation Season

If you thought I was joking about making Some Good News my Number 1 item each week, you don’t know me very well. It was another tear-jerker from dear John when he hosted a virtual graduation for the Class of 2020.

‘Iyyikowa’ = Serving Those in Need

One of the best stories from this week carried with it 170 years of history. During the Great Famine in Ireland, 173 years ago, members of the Choctaw Nation sent $170 to Ireland to help with the famine. The headline for my Friyay is the Navajo word for serving those in need. That’s what the Irish people did this week. When a GoFundMe for the Navajo Nation and Hopi tribe reached Ireland, the Irish people responded in kind – helping to raise over $500,000 in a few days. Many people referenced the donation from the Choctaw people all those years ago as the reason for their contribution. People helping people – because it’s the right thing to do. It was the easiest pick for a Friyay in a good while. If you want to help out the Navajo people, you can do so here.

Saving Local Farmers One Bottle of Milk at a Time

My aunt shared this story of a local Western PA farmer who found a way to pasteurize his milk (usually sent to the food industry), so that he could sell it during this massive disruption to the food supply chain. When he put out the call to his neighbors for help, they showed up in droves. He sold out the milk and made enough money to buy a bigger machine. It’s going to take creativity, compassion, and resilience to make sure we do our best not to leave people behind during this horrific crisis.

Hometown Food Heroes

It was announced last week that Pittsburgh-based 412 Food Rescue won the Fast Company World Changing Idea Award for it’s innovative app pairing excess food with organizations and groups working to end food poverty. 412 has stepped up their work during the pandemic, partnering with local organizations and grocery chains to help feed as many Pittsburghers as they can. It’s necessary and noble work – and we salute their well-deserved recognition!

Hometown Hockey Heroes

Food insecurity is a MASSIVE part of this health crisis. We had two stories in Pittsburgh this week of local sports stars lending their hands (and wallets) to help out. First up, Penguins Superstar and all-around awesome human Sidney Crosby donated 100,000 meals to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. You can donate to them here. Not to be outdone in kindness, Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan bought groceries for senior shoppers at two local Giant Eagles for 2 hours.

That’s a wrap on my Friyays for this week. The real focus was on how we can help each other get through this. I encourage you to donate if and where you can, lots of people are suffering out there. Be safe and be well and see you in a few weeks!

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