Memphis kindness live blog, April 8: Blue lights to honor health care workers

By , Daily Memphian Updated: April 08, 2020 7:19 PM CT | Published: April 08, 2020 4:00 AM CT

As we navigate through this difficult time of dealing with the coronavirus, it is important to capture those instances where Memphians are coming together for each other. Those acts of kindness, generous moments and just feel-good instances happening all around us. Our reporters will be out looking for these. We also want to hear from you. If you have a nomination for our Memphis Kindness blog, email us at Thank you for reading. — Ronnie Ramos, executive editor

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April 08, 2020

Easter Bunny to encourage Germantown dance-off

2:08 PM CT, April 8

Since shopping malls are closed, many children did not visit the Easter Bunny this year.

However, Germantown Parks and Recreation still wants kids to spot the large rabbit. 

Parents signed up and the Easter Bunny will visit 200 homes this weekend.

Those who receive a visit must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Children should stay in their yard as the bunny drives by.

The drive-by visits will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. Parks and Recreation will have a live map on Facebook so children can be ready on the front lawn when the bunny visits.

As part of the event, the bunny will play music and kids are encouraged to show their grooviest moves. Parents who record a 10 to 15 second video of their child dancing may submit it to the Parks and Recreation in a Facebook message. Staff will choose the top five, and residents will be able to vote online for their favorite dancer. Videos must be submitted by Monday. Voting will take place Tuesday, and winners will be announced Wednesday. Winners will receive a prize delivered to their home.


Blue lights on bridges to honor health care workers

12:31 PM CT, April 8

The lights on bridges over the Mississippi River will glow blue Thursday, April 9 after the sun sets.

The Hernando DeSoto bridge, Big River Crossing and landmarks across the United States are shining blue lights to stand in solidarity with health care workers and honor them. The Mighty Lights on the Memphis bridges will begin at 8 p.m. 

Memphians are asked to dedicate a light to health care workers by online donations. Donations of more than $50 are tax-deductible. The Mighty Lights show will donate half of the proceeds to Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund spearheaded by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. 

<strong>Lights over the Mississippi will shine blue Thursday. The Mighty Lights are joining lights accross the country and shining to stand in solidarity with health care workers.&nbsp;</strong>(<em>Submitted</em>)

Lights over the Mississippi will shine blue Thursday. The Mighty Lights are joining lights accross the country and shining to stand in solidarity with health care workers. (Submitted)


Local photographer offers free sessions for health care workers

11:23 AM CT, April 8

One local photographer wanted to find a way to honor health care employees on the front lines of the coronavirus battle.

Dawnella Hopper, Collierville photographer and owner of DreamBoat Images picked up her camera and knew she could give back through her lens.

She saw an out of state photographer was offering $50 sessions for 10 minutes of shooting time and 10 photos.

However, Hopper wanted to go a step further. She is offering free 10-minute porch sessions for families of healthcare workers. Due to stay at home orders, she will maintain social distancing from those she captures.

She hopes her part will encourage other business owners to find ways to give back to health care workers.

Health care workers can book their free family porch sessions on DreamBoat Images’ website.


April 07, 2020

SisterReach cancels festival, looks to meet immediate needs

5:21 PM CT, April 7

SisterReach has postponed its inaugural fundraising soul music event planned for June 13 at Shelby Farms until 2021.

Instead, Cherisse Scott, SisterReach founder and chief executive officer, wants to partner with churches and organizations and support families’ practical needs.

“We have an amazing opportunity to use our resources to help support some of the immediate needs Memphians have like housing, food and utility assistance funding,” Scott said in a release.

From April 8-15 groups can apply for the assistance online.

Funding will come from money earmarked for national recording artists compensation.


Fifth birthday celebrated with drive-by bash

3:25 PM CT, April 7

Last week, Lawson Walker was supposed to celebrate her fifth birthday.

However, due to the coronavirus there was no bounce house party like she wanted. Her mother, Mollie Walker, wanted to make sure her daughter was still celebrated on her special day.

So, she created a Facebook drive-by event that was met with a large response. About 40-50 people drove by in Collierville. They decorated their cars with signs and balloons, honked their horns, blew bubbles and waved to her daughter.

Lawson said it was the best birthday she had ever had.

“Take that coronavirus,” Mollie Walker said. “Joy cannot be stopped.”



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