Katherine and Kelly are two sisters who live in the city. They were worried about moms giving birth during this time and wanted to spread what they call #CoronaKindness. So, they started Project Buttercup.
Volunteers write e-cards and send them to participating hospitals, including four in the city; the cards are printed on stationary in sterile environments and hand delivered to patients.
"This is an easy, easy way to volunteer from home, so we would love if people submit e-cards on the website projectbuttercup.com, and if you're a healthcare provider and you want us in your hospital also please reach out to us. We would love to reach more patients,” said Kelly Tomera, co-founder of Project Buttercup.
More than a thousand cards have been delivered so far in both English and Spanish.
It’s a simple concept that Tomera says is bringing a lot of joy. You can also check out project buttercup on Instagram.
Carmelita Osborne is spending her days working to protect teens that have been incarcerated and are now homeless from the virus; she is filling backpacks with supplies they need to get by.
"We are here to show them that we got your back, so yeah, this hand sanitizer, toothpaste, things like that may not be much, but it's that lifeline that lets them know we are still here,” said Osborne.
She works for Friends of Island Academy, a nonprofit that created the model for supporting formerly incarcerated young people and helping them with the transition back to their communities.
She understands their plight; she was homeless for months when she first came to the city.
"Part of our job is to make sure they don't feel forgotten, that they don't feel left out, that they don't feel like no one cares about them or that they are less deserving because they were formerly incarcerated or are incarcerated,” said Osborne.
“It is my job to make sure these kids have what they need, to be their support system. It is what I was meant to do,” said Osborne.