let’s talk: POSITIVE NEWS
I was recently sent over John Krasinski’s “Some Good News” videos and was inspired to focus on… well, some GOOD NEWS obviously. If you haven’t seen his SGN videos yet, here is the link. Prepare to cry some serious happy tears because these episodes are SO good.
With so much sadness going on in the world right now, I feel as though it is so important for everyone’s mental health to focus on some positive. So this week, let’s talk about a few GOOD things going in on the world right now; some real estate related, some not.
So, as we do, let’s talk some Real Estate, let’s talk FINDING POSITIVE MOMENTS DURING THIS TIME…
People Are Coming Together to Help Each Other
One thing that has really surprised me throughout all of this craziness, is the willingness to help others. In the world of real estate, banks are trying to help their borrowers, landlords are trying to help their renters, renters are trying to help each other. Just yesterday, a tenant texted me a picture of a little home improvement project he took upon himself to do for him and the other tenant. It was such a nice and welcomed surprise!
Outside of real estate, you see so many people donating their time, money and resources.
Restaurants are providing food to those who need it, residents are buying from their local businesses to help support their community, people are making face masks at home to send to others, etc.
It is has really been incredible to see how everyone is coming together.
Many Businesses are Seriously Stepping It Up
Just to name a few…
Ford & GM are working to find a way to use their factories to build ventilators.
Fanatics Baseball Apparel is making medical masks and hospital gowns.
A Brooklyn Landlord was able to waive rent for all 80 of his units for the month of April.
Distilleries and Breweries are using their resources to make hand sanitizer.
In some states, pharmacies able to ship prescriptions for free, so that people do not have to venture out to get their medication.
Our local market in our apartment building is handing out free masks for anyone who comes in the store in order to keep everyone safe.
People Have Time to Reflect
Before this everything was always go, go, go. PK & I are now going on day 23 together, just us two in our little apartment. We have been able to use this time to just hang, catch up on TV shows, read, clean (kind of), and seriously reflect on what our next step will be in the world of real estate investing. This has been a shaky time for many investors, and while I still believe real estate is one of the most solid investments one can make, there can be a big aspect of uncertainty in times like this. This time has also inspired me to try and find a way to bring a charitable aspect to REI. As I am now having to reassess my 2020 goals I proclaimed at the beginning of the year, I can now say I that while I want our REI business to make money, a new goal is to also find a way to give back a bit. So any of your other investors on here – if you already have a charitable arm of your business, or a way you have used your business to help give back, please share with us how you were able to incorporate the two!
People are GRACIOUS
One of the my favorite things that has popped up out of this is our appreciation for everyone on the front line. We are all so much more grateful for our postal workers, delivery drivers, those that work at grocery and big box stores, those who work in transportation, and those who work in the medical field. I love seeing all the cheering and appreciation for the essential workers that is taking place in big cities like New York, Atlanta and Chicago. It is so dang cool to see everyone routing each other on. If you haven’t seen that yet, here is a video of an awesome moment in NYC.
Anyway guys, thank you for reading. I hope reading some of the good coming out of a time like this, has allowed you to put a smile on your face, if only for a brief moment. Hope you all are staying safe & healthy!
Interested in giving back?! Please check out the below list of organizations working to provide food and medical help during this pandemic.
“This organization helps feed communities and individuals facing hunger across the United States through a nationwide network of food banks.”
No Kid Hungry
“With coronavirus forcing mass school closures across the country, millions of children are losing the daily meals they depend on. No Kid Hungry uses donations to send emergency grants to food banks and local community groups. It diverts resources to feed kids in the hardest-hit communities. The organization also has plans in place to ensure families know how to find food while schools are closed and making sure kids get three meals a day.”
Meals on Wheels
“This organization delivers meals to the country’s elderly population. Many of its local programs are struggling with the additional costs of delivering meals during the outbreak.”
The CDC Foundation
“This nonprofit organization for the CDC is raising funds to help respond to the public health threat when federal and state funding is not available. The foundation said it will use the funds to support state and local health departments in the US as well as support the global response including logistics, personal protective equipment, and critical response supplies.”
The American Red Cross
“As the number of coronavirus cases increases in the US, the number of people eligible to give blood and platelets for patients in need could decrease further, the Red Cross said. The organization is urging all eligible, healthy donors to donate blood and platelets to help maintain a sufficient blood supply flow and avoid potential shortages.”
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