BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Good deeds are continuing to happen all over the Commonwealth as residents come together to help support neighbors and donate to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are some of Massachusetts' most uplifting stories of love, hope and community from this week in quarantine.
Since Easter, a local medical supply company has been delivering weekly meals to staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. With Mother's Day coming up, they wanted to do something extra special for everyone on the maternity ward.
On Saturday, volunteers with Spectra Medical Company unloaded a truck full of hundreds of lunches and colorful potted flowers to give to the workers in the obstetrics department, and all the new moms.
80 families who attend the Boys & Girls Club of Lynn, who either lost jobs or took in unemployed relatives during the pandemic, were gifted packages of fresh cuts of meat and gift cards from a local delivery company, according to the Lynn Item.
On Saturday, staff from Swampscott-based food distributors Bossman B&B Trading Company donated boxes each filled with four whole chickens, four packages of chicken leg quarters, five pounds of fresh ground beef, a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card and a gift card to a local restaurant.
The New England Patriots have been teaming up with the New England Revolution over the past few weeks to donate boxes of food to people in need, including veterans and veteran organizations.
On Friday, together with USA Veterans & Military Support Foundation, volunteers took part in the first ever "Soup R Bowl," loading up car trunks with Mother's Day care packages outside Gillette Stadium.
On Saturday, the volunteers filled boxes with enough to feed two people three meals a day for two weeks, and drove it to Chelsea, where residents have been hardest hit by the pandemic.
Despite being closed for business, the owners of two cafes in Quincy have been working to support local artisans and frontline workers all in one.
The owners of Caryn's Corner and Coffee Break Cafe created "South Shore Survival Bags," which they fill with chocolate, honey, handmade soaps, and candles bought from local businesses, and put them in locally-designed tote bags. They have been giving the money they make selling the bags to frontline workers and a local food pantry.
While the demand for milk has dropped due to closed schools and restaurants, farmers have found a great way to make use of their product while helping out their local community.
As part of a new state initiative, "Farmers Feeding Families," the National Guard helped unload pallets of milk from Massachusetts farmers, to give to families in need in Dorchester. The initiative is expected to expand to Worcester and Springfield soon.
Tuesday was National Nurses Day, when people across the nation celebrated all the nurses working hard to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
Dunkin' took the opportunity to offer all nurses a free medium cup of coffee and a donut as a way to say "thank you." The company said it will also continue to bring food trucks and deliver products to hospitals, emergency sites and to first responders throughout the country where the pandemic has hit hardest.
On Wednesday, Westfield's 104th Fighter Wing conducted a flyover that soared over a number of local hospitals, starting off in Boston and heading west across the Commonwealth.
The sky-high salute to hospital workers included flyovers in Brockton, Hyannis, Framingham, Worcester, Springfield, Northampton and Holyoke.