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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 Gift For Women & Children In Crisis

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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.

So we went through the laborious process of raising money to put in a cantilevered gate that we could open and close remotely. We were at the point of having the electricians come out and bid the contract, and one of the electricians, A&H Electrical, actually offered to do the entire project for free.

"The person that we worked with really understood the danger, especially now, and the severity especially now, of domestic violence and human trafficking in our community, and how unsafe it was for the women and children to have our back entrance open. And so they donated the entire project, which frees up that funding that we have now to go and help more people. 

"In a time of a lot of discord, this was a huge gift to us."

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.