Every gesture of kindness — no matter how big or small — helps during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and one Metro Detroit group is showing how neighbors working together can go a long way.
Neighbors That Care is a group that started in the small Oakland County community of Pleasant Ridge. Now they hope their act of kindness can spread from coast to coast.
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When residents in Pleasant Ridge realized as many as 5% of their tight-knit community is made up of first responders, they wanted to do something more to help make their day-to-day lives easier.
“These are people who are putting their lives on the line, often working double shifts six and seven days a week, really not having much time to sleep, never mind shop or cook,” said Paul Eisenstein, of Neighbors That Care.
Volunteers decided to work with the Pleasant Ridge Foundation to put together and deliver food baskets for first responders.
“Those baskets contain a lot of love from all the other people, the residents of our town who know that they are putting their lives at risk to save ours,” Eisenstein said. “Americans are great at stepping up to help their war soldiers who may come back from the Middle East, for example, but the warriors in this battle are our neighbors — say, maybe, doctors or nurses or police or firefighters or EMS crews, and their lives are just as much as risk right now.”
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