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.

This week on Viral Kindness, local business owner Mary Billings was nominated because of a recent celebration of motherhood.

"I asked on Instagram if anyone had any nominations for moms that could use some extra love on Mother’s Day…because I have single-mom friends, and I always worry about them. They have young kids – who’s helping them celebrate? As moms, we’re really busy. We’re trying to think of our mothers-in-law and our own mothers.

Richard Ruth just officially launched Neighbors InDeed, a nonprofit that finds people in need of help getting their property up to code and connects them with community members willing to assist. But it all started two years ago with one impactful call for help.

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This week on Viral Kindness, Rachel Rutledge talks about two tasty surprises.

Writer Caroni Lombard recently received a dose of goodwill that will last her for a while.

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This week on Viral Kindness, social worker Allison Graham talks about the power of a hug.

"I have been isolated since the pandemic started. Not a lot of physical contact. Six hugs now, the entire time. So, a year: six hugs. March 19 was the last pre-pandemic hug that I had. I can actually recount these times of physical comfort and physical contact in a year.

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Angie Evans opened “Arthouse 310” during what she called the “pandemic crazy time” of 2020. Now, she’s taking a cue from other kinds of neighborhood boxes. Her mission: to expand the arts in Wichita.

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Danielle Johnson works at the office of diversity and inclusion at Wichita State. Going from in-person, to virtual, to hybrid, and back again has been a challenge. But when students show her how much she impacts them, it reminds her that it’s all worth it.

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Wichitan Jill Miller is usually the person who’s offering help to others. But after breaking her foot, she was forced to ask for help herself. The response was overwhelming, as we hear on this week’s Viral Kindness.

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Wichita City Council member Becky Tuttle has put in a lot of miles since September. Repeated eight-hour drives to help her ailing parents have been stressful, but a small gesture from a friend has helped keep her spirits up.

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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.