Teddy Bear Hunts and Community Support- Some Positive Friday News!
Posted on March 27, 2020.
With kids stuck at home amid the current outbreak and subsequent quarantine orders, families have to come up with creative ways to stay occupied. Communities everywhere are now coming together to create a “bear hunt” which is scavenger hunt-like activity that gets kids outdoors and entertained while maintaining social distancing.
Inspired by the award-winning children’s book, “Going on a Bear Hunt”, people are placing stuffed teddy bears in their windows of residences and businesses. This way, as kids are out walking with their parents (and staying 6 feet away from others), they can “hunt” for bears.
This “bear hunt” phenomenon has reached neighborhoods all over the globe and is a beautiful reminder that even in times of uncertainty, communities have a way of coming together to support their neighbors.
If you would like to participate in the San Jose/South Bay Teddy Bear Hunt, you can add your address to the “treasure” map linked here! -->
Just as the teddy bear hunt is a reminder of some light in seemingly darker times, it is also uplifting to see other ways that the communities are coming together to support each other. One of which is watching community members and local companies stepping up to contribute towards relief efforts however they can.
Last week Carl Guardino, the leader of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, conducted an hour-long call with about 300 CEOs and other executives from around the region where he solicited donations from those on the call to help pay for needed emergency equipment.
Guardino had reached out to Liccardo and asked them for an itemized list of equipment and supply needs. At the beginning of the week, they provided such a list. Here's what they asked for:
- Products and supplies like face shields, N95 masks, gloves, goggles and hand sanitizer — $1,048,000
- Medical equipment like portable ventilators and x-ray machines, EKG machines, scanners, crash carts, IV pumps and more — $5,831,500.
He started the call by pledging $1,000 of his own money and ultimately collected about $600,000 as well as other in-kind offerings toward a nearly $7 million goal.
Other big companies like Facebook, Adobe Inc., Apple Inc. and Google have all donated millions to philanthropic efforts, aid to nonprofits, and free services to small businesses. Each day, other prominent companies are jumping in.
Adobe has pledged $3 million in total toward coronavirus impact efforts. Of that, $1 million will go to a Bay Area relief fund being distributed by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, another $1 million is promised to the COVID-19 Fund of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and from March 23 through April 30, Adobe said it will match up to $1 million in employee donations toward organizations that provide coronavirus relief in the Bay Area and other communities where it has offices.
On Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers and Comcast both announced contributions to help non-profits who have been on the front lines of serving the public.
The 49ers said they would be paying their employees while Levi's Stadium is shutdown, making their overall donation package around $500,000, while Comcast said it would donate $50,000 in cash. Comcast is also opening its Xfinity WiFi network and providing unlimited data for free while also giving two months free of home Internet service for eligible low-income people and families.