Ever since the Coronavirus pandemic, most people around the world have had to make a couple of changes to their day-to-day lives. However, that doesn’t seem to stop Colorado from supporting people who are working harder than ever to stop this virus. People from all over Colorado have been supporting doctors and other front-liners to keep them going in this crisis. From making masks to thank you notes, Colorado is not letting our community down.
Take Delaine Holton Fessler for example. The owner of Craftsman & Apprentice, she is the founder of The Colorado Mask Project. When asked by a member of Governor Polis’s COVID Response team to find some masks for them, the idea struck both of them to have an organization committed to making masks for people who might not have them. Delaine says that The Colorado Mask Project is a way to help Coloradions wear and make face masks. She hopes the impact will convince more people to wear masks. She quotes, “When you wear a mask, it shows that you care.”
Representative Jason Crow also had something to say about Coronavirus. When he was asked in the first Kids Town Hall meeting about how youth can help people on the front line, he answered that washing your hands and wearing masks is a great thing to do. He has also created a website for people to send thank you notes and videos for people on the front line. He also mentioned a website that Governor Polis created where you can donate money and volunteer. His wife, Deserai, said that you can also get groceries and make meals for neighbors on the front line. Their words of wisdom to everyone are that, “ We are all in this together and now is definitely the time to be thankful for your brothers and sisters and that we can try to come together.” Deserai says that “Also just saying thank you to people can go a long way because a lot of those people are doing it out of passion. And a lot of people are doing it because they don’t have the privilege of staying at home with their job, they have to go to work to make money to support their family and feed their family, so saying thank you and being kind can help, because that kindness can be contagious.”
Sarah Belton, a fifth grade teacher at Downtown Denver Expeditionary School says that “I get frustrated sometimes because I want to go out and see my friends, go to restaurants, go on vacation, and go to school! But I force myself to remember to appreciate that I’m healthy, most of my family and friends are healthy.” She says that she does feel sorry for healthcare workers because they cannot see their friends and family for an extended period of time, but is thankful they are out there protecting us. She said “I appreciate that people in Denver seem to be taking this seriously, and everyone seems to be coming together to get through this.”
Kate Jimmerson is a crime scene investigator, who has now been testing other front liners, like police officers and firefighters since April 6th. Since Denver has started howling for people like her, she explained “It really motivates me, because it makes me think that there are people out there who are really supportive of what we’re doing and acknowledging all the time and effort we’re putting into the testing site. It makes me proud to be able to help my community.” Kate says that when she was first asked to do testing, her first thought was absolutely because it seemed they needed people to help out and she was very eager to help them out. Seeing people in masks, Kate says she feels grateful that people are listening. She says that everyone doing their job of wearing masks helps her do hers. Her message to Colorado is “Be kind to each other. Have kindness, and compassion, and try to bring peace to the world. This is a scary time for a lot of people and kindness can remind us that we are all connected.”
We are truly all in this together, and everyone in Colorado doing their part is helping us get things back to normal. Next time you see it’s 8:00 pm, go out and howl. It’s our message to Coronavirus that this community is one that’s connected while we’re apart.