Viral Kindness

During this COVID-19 crisis, people are stepping up and spreading goodwill. We want to hear about the ways in which Kansans are responding to this emergency with compassion, and shine a light on the humans that exemplify humanity.

Every other Friday, we'll share your stories on KMUW's new commentary, Viral Kindness.

Share your experience. Use the 'Talk to Us' feature on the KMUW app, or leave a voicemail at (316) 978-6789.

Gabby Griffie

Using social media and community organizing skills, one WSU grad is tackling hunger by putting refrigerators exactly where they’re needed, and filling them up.

  

Tajahnae Stocker has been learning how to implement an idea that will help her community as part of a national Young Professionals program. She wanted to address food insecurity, even before COVID-19. Now, she’s making a difference in a fresh way, with the ICT Community Fridge Project.

At Newton Presbyterian Manor, there is independent living, assisted living and healthcare. During this difficult year, there’s also…music. Executive Director Marc Kessinger explains.

“The Corona Carolers started off probably in March of this year, just walking the sidewalks in a prayer group. And they asked if they could start singing through the windows. They’re just a tremendous group of ladies. They’ve got heart, they’re compassionate, and we appreciate them.”

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Carla Jackson-Patton, founder of the Leonard Garrett Renaissance Institute, met Jennifer Connelly and Kent Rowe at an in-person Engage ICT event (remember those?) and began talking about alternative energy. Nowadays, though, they're talking about food. In this week's Viral Kindness, Carla and Jennifer explain their recent project.

Justin Campbell works at an A-OK Super Center, but he’s pursuing a degree from WSU to improve his skills. In one of his classes, he found a way to make a real difference for people during this difficult year, as part of a team project.

"This project is part of a course through Wichita State that’s about managing effective work teams, taught by Professor Rosen. The focus is on teaching us students to group together with disparate skills and backgrounds and to work together toward a common goal. This year, with everything going on, we all chose nonprofits of different causes.

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Amanda Meyers is the executive director of the Wichita Family Crisis Center. Here's the message of Viral Kindness she sent in:

"As you may know, we, in addition to other services, run a domestic violence and human trafficking shelter that is safe and confidential. And our back entrance has been wide open, even though our location is confidential.

Miranda Standau and her son Ben spoke with me about a colorful tribute he gave to his hero, the family’s pediatrician.

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After a unique donation for his staff and clients, the Union Rescue Mission’s CEO Doug Nolte knows the good vibes that can come from cookies.

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When it comes to helping keep local families together through times of crisis, Jody Klein has been walking the talk…and changing a lot of diapers. Alicia McLain, a volunteer for Faith Builders, shares Jody’s story:

 

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This week on Viral Kindness, we hear about a double act of goodwill from writer Amy Geiszler-Jones, who lost someone close to her:

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Emily Brookover organized a slew of signage for Downtown Wichita meant to keep everyone’s spirits up during this tough year. 

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