It may not be the day you planned it would be, but Happy Easter! Today’s #FourForApril is entirely Easter themed but before we go into it, I want to say thank you.
Thank you to the nurses, doctors and carers doing everything they can to save lives and to the waste collectors and posties carrying out their regular duties amongst all of this. Thank you to those working in shops helping to feed the nation, be it those who just started or those that have been in retail for a while, your work is appreciated now more than ever.
A final thanks must also go to shop keepers and even the everyday people featuring here. Without you all, this whole experience would be a lot tougher.
Hoping today is a good day to all of you 💚
People across UK thank key workers with Easter eggs
People from across the UK have been donating Easter eggs to key workers to say ‘thank you’ during the coronavirus pandemic.
From local football clubs to multi-million pound companies, many have said they wanted to show support.
As per the BBC, people from across the country have been buying Easter eggs for key workers to show gratitude for their hard work.
What is most remarkable about this list is that there are so many more people across the UK who have been doing the same. Kindness never stops.
- Chris Collins and his wife, Suzy, bought 40 eggs before the outbreak to give to the players of Bootham Futsal Club, a team he coaches. With fixtures suspended, the couple said it was “only right” they donate eggs to their local hospital.
- Bettina Biazzo and a colleague, raised enough to buy 100 eggs each and planned to deliver them as a surprise to staff at Crawley hospital.
- Football coaches Adam Everett, 17, and Jake Garner, 18, from Cambridgeshire, surprised staff at the Princess of Wales Hospital donating 27 chocolate eggs meant for players in their girls squads.
- Louisa Hobson, who lives near Winchester, said she wanted to “put a smile on [the] faces” of NHS staff so set up a crowdfunding page to raise enough money to purchase 300 Easter eggs, to be distributed to Winchester Royal County Hospital, Alton Community Hospital and a local GP surgery.
- A spokeswoman for Mars Wrigley said more than one million eggs had been donated to hospitals and councils either directly or through charities.
- Marks and Spencer said it would be giving all emergency services, health and social care and NHS workers a free Percy Pig Easter egg.
- Cadbury said more than 250,000 Easter eggs had been delivered to NHS and care home staff, as well as those at risk of food poverty.
You can read more about the kind acts by people and businesses across the UK here.
The Easter bunny has been visiting houses across the US
Towns across the US have been arranging socially distanced home visits from the Easter bunny.
In Norwood, Massachusetts, parents who scheduled visits online with the Norwood Recreation Department received a call giving them the heads-up that the Easter Bunny was on his way.
All for a good cause, participating families donated $20 to benefit the local food bank. You can read more here.
Meanwhile in Rockford, Illinois, one local woman, Brandi Kiser, has been serving as the Easter Bunny’s assistant, hopping to the yard to deliver eggs to people’s homes.
Brandi packed 500 eggs with individually wrapped sweets and sold them to over 16 different locations in the community.
The project “Egg My Yard” has been encouraging people to stay at home and the profits made from it will help to provide food for neighbours in her community. You can read more about that brilliant story here.
Mental health charity volunteers leave Easter eggs on doorsteps in Northern Ireland
Over 250 households in north Belfast have had Easter eggs unexpectedly left at their doors.
Tamhi, one of Northern Ireland’s biggest mental health charities, left Easter eggs outside 258 doors, rang their bells and ran off in ‘knock knock’ style.
It was all co-ordinated by Mickey Meehan, one of the charity’s full-time employees, who decided to use his one allotted hour of exercise in a meaningful way.
Using money they had left over, and a £60 donation from Co-Op, meant they could go to Asda, buy Easter eggs, and drop them off at random houses across north Belfast.
One of the volunteers also dressed up as a Power Ranger and another donned a Batman outfit while doing the rounds.
You can read more about this lovely story here.
People have been coming up with socially distanced ways to have Easter egg hunts
Due to the lockdowns imposed across the world to help maintain the spread of coronavirus, Easter has been different for many families this year.
However, the creativity of humanity has not failed to offer something different while maintaining social distancing.
In Croatia, the yearly Easter egg hunt created by the Sveti Ivan Zelina Tourist Board (a town in Zagreb county) and non-profit organisation Srce (‘Heart’), an association for disabled children, people with disabilities and their families, was cancelled.
However, current restrictions did not stop them coming up with a different kind of Easter egg hunt.
Ensuring that the fun can continue inside, they took things virtually, inviting children living in all parts of Croatia to design their own eggs. You can learn more about that great idea here.
Residents in Thackley, Bradford, took part in their own socially distanced Easter egg hunt.
Organised by Jemma Walker, the hunt for the children didn’t involve any contact.
A total of 50 homes on a Thackley estate displayed eggs with a number on in their windows and the children were safely given an answer sheet.
During their hourly days exercise they were given the chance to search for the eggs and over 130 hunters took part.
Neighbours generously joined together to make sure that everyone who took part received the prize of an egg. You can read more about this lovely community story here.
Finally, in Coventry, a socially distanced egg hunt was able to provide some fun for families in the Nuneaton community while out on their daily exercise.
‘The Dip Easter Egg Hunt (Social Distancing)’ was inspired by the ‘Where’s Wally Hunt’ in a nearby Bermuda village, where ten brightly coloured eggs, which had been coloured and laminated were hung up for families to find.
We love this kind of creativity 💚
This kind and unexpected neighbourly gesture 🙂
On this day…
In 1955… The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, was declared safe and effective.
Every day in April, we will be sharing four positive news stories in one post under the hashtag #FourForApril. Got any kindness stories? Send them in! We’d love the world to hear about these good deeds by good people 🙂