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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.

Viral Kindness: A Portrait Of A Hero

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

Miranda: Benjamin’s teacher, Ms. Ulrich at Dodge Elementary gave all the students an assignment to draw a picture of someone that was a hero to them in their community. So I asked Ben who he would like to draw a picture of, and he said Dr. Barker. I really thought it was a neat idea for his teacher just to bring awareness to the kids. She mentioned some examples but she didn’t say ‘doctor’ so it was nice that he came up with that on his own. Just to draw some attention to everyone around us that is helping us.

SJ: Did you give it to Dr. Barker?

Ben: Mmhmm

SJ: What did she say?

Ben: She said, ‘Thank you.’

SJ: Ben, why did you choose Dr. Barker?

Ben: Because I love her.

Miranda: She’s been a part of our family for about ten years now. I have six kids total. Ben is the second youngest. How old are you, Ben?

Ben: Six!

Miranda: Not yet. He’s five. He’s ready to be six.

Ben: I’m ready to be seven!

Miranda: We’re there all the time, luckily when we got to deliver the card, it was for a not-sick reason. We went in to get our flu shots, and it was the perfect time to bring it to her.

Ben: I wasn’t scared.

SJ: To get your shot?

Ben: But I was a little bit scared.

Miranda: She made it really quick and simple.

Ben: Maybe Dr. Barker will hang it on her wall at home.

Sarah Jane Crespo is the Director of Community Engagement at KMUW. She is the creator and host of Engage ICT and the weekly Engage ICT Mini series.