Shannon Mercer (Left) & Deana Robertson (right). Two great volunteers!
Small Acts Have Huge Impacts

For the last while the headlines have been full of COVID stories and most of them are pretty disheartening.

So I was extremely pleased when I read about single people making huge impacts.  It also made me realize we have heroes right here in our own communities.

Laura Schnell is a registered psychiatric nurse who does follow-ups with patients.

Laura is also a wife and mother of three, whose biggest source of stress right now is that she could bring the virus home with her.  Every day when she leaves work, she sanitizes her car when she can find wipes, showers as soon as she walks in the door and also does her laundry every day in an attempt to keep the virus out of her busy home. Two of her children are toddlers and her husband has underlying health problems that put him at higher risk.

Once avid campers, the idea popped into her mind that if they still had an RV, she could live in there for the duration of any potential quarantine. She then took to Facebook, posting in an Airdrie moms group, asking if anyone had — or knew of anyone who had — the resources to donate a couple of RVs to health-care workers needing to isolate.

The post took off and before long, Bruce Urban, the owner of Western RV, was offering up “whatever you need, whenever you need it.”

For Urban, it was a no-brainer.“These medical workers are scared,” he said. “And they put on a brave face every day and they go to work and they have to come home to their families, They’re scared, they’re on the front lines, they’re human beings.”

Western RV itself, like countless other businesses, is closed down. But some workers volunteered to come in and get the RVs ready to ship out.

A Boy Scout from Maple Ridge, B.C., is getting worldwide attention for using his 3D printer to create “ear gears” for surgical masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quinn Callander, has created several hundred of them from home so far and donated them to health-care workers around the world.

The device, which goes behind the head and is also called an ear guard, has hooks that attach to the straps of a mask and help take the pressure off the backs of the ears.

Thousands of people have had the same reaction –  ‘This is the difference between working your 12-hour shift comfortably and being in constant pain,’ because of pressure on the ears.’

The device is also helping those who have birth defects that affect their ears, or have perhaps lost an ear or have disfigurations from accidents and aren’t able to wear masks the common way.

The initiative was sparked by a Facebook post from a local nurse who was hoping someone would make such a device to ease the pressure on her ears.

The 12-year-old Quinn found prototypes online and started making ear gears with some 3D printing material the family already had. He then gave them to a family friend who is a nurse to test and help pick the most effective design.

The family has also heard from thousands of people who also have 3D printers and have been motivated to take Quinn’s lead and print the ear gear themselves.

And right here in Lumby, we have two women who come in every Wednesday and cook 50-75 meals to be delivered to seniors in the community.

Deana Robertson and Shannon Mercer did not hesitate when asked if they could come in and cook at the Saddle Mountain kitchen during the quarantine.

As most of the seniors in the community are social isolating, which also means they are unable to get out and shop for groceries, the meals have provided them with a healthy, nutritious regular meals.

Deana and Shannon have been getting together every Wednesday, since the onset of the pandemic, and have cooked two full meals and a soup at every “cooking bee”.

One meal is served hot and the others are frozen to provide meals the rest of the week.

These are only a couple of examples of how the world and our community have pulled together during this unprecedented time, so I encourage you take a look around and acknowledge all those out there making a difference!

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