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Tell me Something Good #19

Bay Area Residents Spread Light in Dark Times

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The Tampa Bay Times recently made a video to highlight helpers who are showing up for others during the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to end our 19 days of recognizing helpers with this video.

Helper #19 is YOU. Please go out and do something today to shine light in dark spaces. Go make the world a more loving place!

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” - Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)

At PFS Financial, we strive to look for the light in dark times. Check back here each day to join us in celebrating local Helpers. #tellmesomethinggoodtampabay

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Tell Me Something Good #18

Picture of Love in the midst of COVID-19

Still in Love in COVID-19

The morning of March 30th at Tampa General Hospital, Chief Nurse Anesthetist Nicole Hubbard captured the image of a special moment between married couple, Mindy Brock and Ben Cayer. In between surgeries the fellow nurse anesthetists took a moment to pause and look into each other’s eyes.

“Everybody’s talking about the photo,” said Cayer, “because we’re all going through the same thing right now and it’s a symbol of hope and love.” Brock agreed, saying, “What’s important is that we stick together, we work together, and we always support each other. And not just Ben and I, but the human race right now.”

Thank you, healthcare workers at Tampa General Hospital and across the Bay area, for your personal sacrifice as you devote your time, energy, minds, and hearts into the health of our community.

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” - Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)

At PFS Financial, we strive to look for the light in dark times. Check back here each day to join us in celebrating local Helpers. #tellmesomethinggoodtampabay

Email us at [Please enable javascript.] to tell us about a Helper you have seen or know of in the Tampa Bay area.




Tell Me Something Good #17

A Day of Pampering for First Responders

Spa.jpgSalon Eunoia both had a need and saw a charitable opportunity.  In response, they devised a way to raise enough funds to keep their employees on the payroll and pamper healthcare workers. Salon owner Victoria Michael wants “a chance for them [healthcare workers] to just relax and sit in a chair and feel beautiful and appreciated.”

Michael is asking the public to purchase gift certificates in increments of $100 on the Salon Eunoia website and then nominate a healthcare worker for a day of pampering. Each time a certificate is purchased, Michael will contribute $50 toward a pampering fund. Each time the fund reaches $300 (after 6 certificates are purchased) Salon Eunoia is giving a certificate for $300 of services to one of the nominees.

The gift certificates can’t be used until the salon reopens after the pandemic.   However, the second goal of this promotion will be met immediately. The revenue generated from the purchased gift certificates enables Michael to continue employing her staff while the salon is closed.

Thank you, Salon Eunoia, for pampering our community’s healthcare workers and protecting the jobs of your employees!

Support stylists and frontline workers

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” - Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)

At PFS Financial, we strive to look for the light in dark times. Check back here each day to join us in celebrating local Helpers. #tellmesomethinggoodtampabay

Email us at [Please enable javascript.] to tell us about a Helper you have seen or know of in the Tampa Bay area.




Tell Me Something Good #16

Seminole Heights Volunteers Bike Meals to Local Residents

Still in Love in COVID-19

Many restaurants in Seminole Heights have been losing business during the COVID-19 pandemic. A group of volunteers, known as the Heights Citizens Bicycle Brigade, has taken it upon themselves to support these local businesses. Brigade members are delivering take out orders free of charge to community residents.

Brenton Wiernik, a bicyclist in the Brigade, explains his participation, saying, “This was a great opportunity to be active while helping out our neighborhood.” Wiernik sees the group’s service as a way to help keep others at home and restaurants in business. Even if a thankful customer tries to pay beyond the amount for their food, delivery bicyclists give that tip to the restaurant.

Thank you, Heights Citizens Bicycle Brigade, for your service!

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” - Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)

At PFS Financial, we strive to look for the light in dark times. Check back here each day to join us in celebrating local Helpers. #tellmesomethinggoodtampabay

Email us at [Please enable javascript.] to tell us about a Helper you have seen or know of in the Tampa Bay area.




Tell Me Something Good #15

Instacart Shoppers Deliver Groceries and Encouragement

Instacart, the largest grocery shopping and delivery company nationwide, has hired thousands of new personal shoppers to meet the increased demand for their services since the spread of the coronavirus.  These shoppers are literally saving lives by protecting people who are at-risk from the potential germs encountered in grocery stores. What was once considered a luxury service has now become a necessity for many people who are in isolation.

Shopper, Juana Maceo said, “It really feels good to help someone that really can’t shop for themselves. It does warm my heart.” Maria Molinary echoed this sentiment. She also acknowledged that it is sometimes bitter sweet. When she realized that she was shopping for a parent to fill their child’s Easter basket, Molinary said, “It really hit me and saddened me.”

Shoppers who worked for Instacart long before the pandemic share that they have been encouraged by an increase in customers expressing their appreciation for their efforts. An anonymous shopper shared that she recently felt valued and appreciated by a customer’s act of kindness. She said, “I always message my customers before I check out and ask them if there are any last items they need to add. It was so nice when my customer messaged back and told me to add a drink or candy bar for myself. She really made my day.”

Many shoppers, having recognized the unique bridge that they are between some isolated people and store-bought goods, are using their position to encourage their customers. Customers and Shoppers are able to message one another. Nicole Cremeans’ customer shared that she was pregnant and craving Cadbury eggs. Unfortunately, the store was out of stock.  However, Nicole decided to make a special stop at another store and purchase the candy herself. She delivered the mom-to-be’s groceries, along with a note and a bag of the treat she was craving.

Other shoppers have done the same and spent their own money to give to customers. Felicia Beecher and Mike Fink both felt compassion for people who were in need of toilet paper. When stores were out of stock, they each independently began to give rolls (from their own reserves) to those in need, free of charge. Mike said, “The kind gesture often brought tears to customers’ eyes, and that right there was worth the small amount of money it cost to purchase the items.”

Way to go, Instacart Shoppers! Thank you for investing your time, energy, and hearts into keeping local homes well-stocked, making local people safer, and going above your job descriptions to encourage others!

Story Submitted by Amy Harmon-Eaton

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” - Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)

At PFS Financial, we strive to look for the light in dark times. Check back here each day to join us in celebrating local Helpers. #tellmesomethinggoodtampabay

Email us at [Please enable javascript.] to tell us about a Helper you have seen or know of in the Tampa Bay area.



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