(UnitedVoice.com) – By now, every American who hasn’t been living in a cave knows the terms “coronavirus” and “COVID-19,” and the impact the pandemic is having upon the world. News of schools being closed, pictures of empty store shelves, and stories about people out of work are as disheartening as they are frequent. But there are also people and companies stepping up to help their fellow human beings weather the storm.
The basketball season was in full swing when it came to an instantaneous stop, literally. Fans were taking their seats in anticipation of the opening tipoff as the Sacramento Kings were set to host the New Orleans Pelicans when the PA announcer said the game was canceled and everyone needed to leave the arena.
Beyond the disappointed fans, another aspect of the 30-day hiatus of all games is the people who work the games like ushers, concession workers, and the like. Realizing that these people were about to face a loss of income, several players came forward (even if they play center or guard). Some of the first players to make offers were:
- Cleveland Cavaliers Forward Kevin Love (the first to act) pledged $100,000
- Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert (the first player to test positive) put up $500,000
- Pelicans rookie Forward Zion Williamson simply said he’d “cover it all” for the part-time workers of the Pelicans arena
Professional athletes tend to be seen as spoiled brats who make far too much money, sometimes deservedly so. But these players, among others, stood up and did the right thing.
Given the potential for families that live paycheck-to-paycheck to find themselves in financial distress, it would be expected that utilities owned and operated by the various governments would help ease the burden. However, many privately-held companies have voluntarily suspended disconnections for those unable to pay during the crisis. That means thousands will not have to choose whether to use dwindling funds to keep the lights on or buy food.
With schools across the country being closed for three to four weeks, at a minimum, parents may find themselves in a bind. Not only are they going to have to figure out alternate plans for daytime supervision if they keep working, but with governments restricting gathering sizes there’s the issue of keeping cooped-up kids occupied.
Disney has announced that they are releasing Frozen 2 on their streaming network three months earlier than originally announced. It’s sure to keep the youngsters’ attention for hours if it’s success at the box office as the highest-grossing animated film of all-time is any indication.
Charter Communications, the parent company of Spectrum broadband, has said it will offer 60-days of both the service and wi-fi for free to households with children of school age (K through college). This includes a waiver of installation fees as well.
Disasters like this coronavirus outbreak can sometimes bring out the worst in society with things like rioting and price gouging, which have been practically nonexistent in America so far. But they also bring out compassion and camaraderie as well, and that needs to be written about, too.
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