1 Year Of COVID-19 And The People Who Gave Us Hope

Everyday people have helped others cope with and combat the coronavirus over the past year. As we reflect on the anniversary of the pandemic, let’s also remember them.


The 12 months since the COVID-19 pandemic officially began on March 11, 2020 have been full of grim milestones. They have changed so much for us and taken so much from us.

In a year, a hug went from a warm greeting to a health hazard. We were forced to separate from friends and family. Some people worked on the front lines, some worked from home, others couldn’t work at all. And although we’ve followed the case counts and curves that explain the pandemic’s progression, its toll is unquantifiable. Those we’ve lost are irreplaceable.

But as we mark the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can also acknowledge the people who have helped us through it:


      Jan. 1: The US surpasses 20 million COVID-19 cases.

      Jan. 8: “No one should go through this, and most importantly, no one should go through this alone,” Chinaka says when she decides to give to COVID-19 response efforts. “Any little bit should help.”

      Feb. 1: Through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, 89 emergency grants totaling more than $2 million go to nonprofit organizations helping communities in more than 25 countries. Abraham’s Oasis is one. As people in Ethiopia’s Tigray region manage the impacts of COVID-19 and the escalating conflict there, Abraham’s Oasis provides residential care for abandoned children and support for communities in the region.

      March 11: On the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, nonprofits around the world continue fighting the virus and supporting their communities. Generous people still give what they can to keep them going, knowing their help will slow the virus’ spread and eventually put the pandemic behind us.

“Looking out for each other as if we are friendly neighbors or family, in my opinion, will spread hope far more effectively than any virus,” one person who anonymously gave to support COVID-19 relief said. As we continue fighting the pandemic and dealing with its toll on our lives, hope is something we all need.

Give hope to people who are still in need on the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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