We’ve made it to Friday once again, which means it’s time for our second installment of Feel Good Friday, where we round up some good news that happened this week!
Here were our top 3 favorite stories from the week.
1. A Virtual Graduation Packed with Celeb Commencement Speakers
For many high school and college seniors, COVID-19 meant more than staying home to stay safe “ it meant skipping monumental moments like their last semester of school, making memories with their friends, and graduation.
John Krasinski, the actor best-known for The Office, decided he couldn’t let those graduates fully miss out on the pomp and circumstance of such an exciting occasion. So, he held a virtual graduation on his “SomeGoodNews“ web series jam-packed with celebrity commencement speakers, including Oprah, Steven Spielberg, Malala Yousafzai, and more. Graduates even got to have conversations with their heroes to hear advice to carry them into the next chapter in their lives.
2. A Big Tip for a Small Business
We know that many small and local businesses across the country are struggling. So, when one patron was able to visit a favorite eatery in Austin, Texas, on the first day they re-opened, he left a big tip of appreciation.
David Fernandez, the owner of The Frog & The Bull, told The Today Show that the customer asked for his bill to be doubled and left a $1,300 tip on top of that, bringing his total to over $2,000.
“From March 17 up until now, we’ve been fighting for our survival, just barely scraping by. I literally have been living payroll to payroll, just making enough money to pay (my employees)…so something like this helps out huge because I can start chipping away at other bills,” said Fernandez.
3. Florida Tea Company is “Tea-p-ing’ People’s Homes
It’s inspiring to see how businesses are innovating and getting creative to continue serving their customers and communities. We love this story from Florida about a tea company, Infusion Tea, that’s making getting tee-p’d fun! Instead of waking up to a house and trees covered in loose toilet paper (not the time to waste that!), Infusion Tea employees leave a sign in the gift recipient’s yard with a sweet message, a couple (unused) rolls of toilet paper, and some loose-leaf tea. Hence, the new term: “tea-p-ing.”;
Customers can purchase the surprise gift packages for their local friends and neighbors “ a great way to stay connected during social distancing while supporting a local business!
Since launching the care packages, Infusion Tea has “tea-p’d” more than 1,300 lawns. They were even able to rehire staffers across the country so they could scale their initiative nationwide.
Come back next Friday for even more good news, and have a great, safe weekend. And, don’t forget: You can support local businesses in your community through the USA TODAY Support Local site to purchase gift cards that can be used later and to order takeout or delivery from your favorite local restaurants.