To call the response to the COVID-19 pandemic "inconvenient" would probably be the understatement of the century. The economy's shifted in ways that even the most stalwart financial experts couldn't have predicted but a few months ago. Throngs of small business workers and those who rely on the restaurant and hospitality industry have had their entire lives turned upside down. Showbusiness has been adversely affected to, not to mention organized and professional sports.
And while there's a lot to be said about tons of other economic sectors that have been rendered pretty much non-existent as a result of the pandemic, there are some positive stories to come out of this whole mess. For starters, people are finally giving healthcare workers props for the the grueling hours and important, life-saving miracles they perform on a daily basis.
In the face of all this madness, there are also some folks who are banding together in very wholesome ways. Whether it's sports stars donating money to keep stadium workers taken care of during this whole mess, or people giving hearty tips to delivery drivers and businesses that have remained and kept staff on despite taking a huge financial hit, there are, as corny as it sounds, "helpers" who have risen to the occasion.
While not all of us are internationally renowned athletes with deep pockets, there are still people doing whatever they can in order to bring a little positivity to the world while all of this craziness is going on.
Like this one individual who thought it'd be a good idea to hand over some hand-stitched masks to caregivers at a children's daycare facility.
For us parents who are still lucky enough to have jobs during this crisis, there's the question of who's going to watch the kids. I'm fortunate because I live near both my mother-in-law and mom, who are awesome, and both my wife and I are working from home. So we can shift child care duty when necessary.
For those who have to rely on daycares, they have a ton of different factors to worry about: "Will my kid get COVID or spread it to a loved one? Will the workers there be OK?"
This person decided to help out as best as they can by hand-crafting 30 different masks for the caregivers at the daycare, so they can go about their duties with more peace of mind.
However, this one "ungrateful" parent had a gripe with the gift. Not because the masks weren't sewn properly or were emblazoned with foul language or inappropriate images, but because the stitching didn't match.
They went so far as to say that they were "taken aback" and even gave the donator a crumby attitude about the fact that the stitching wasn't the same fabric as the cloth on the masks.
They then had the nerve to ask the donator to make more of the face masks, this time with "correct" threading for the stitching.
Why? Just because they didn't want to "look bad" as they promised masks to the teachers at the daycare.
The donator categorically refused and told the person that if they wanted more masks, they'd have to gather the materials and that they would charge them this time and not donate them.
The "choosing beggar" responded with, "I don't think I like the way you're talking to me," after confessing that they would have no idea where to get the materials needed to make a face mask.
People couldn't believe the nerve of the parent.
While others believed that the parent was "scamming" the mask maker and was attempting to sell the masks, because "fancy masks fetch a higher price."
What do you think? How would you respond to someone who criticized your act of charity over something that, in the grand scheme of things, doesn't really matter when it comes to protecting oneself from contracting a virus?