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Beyoncé Helps Community COVID Testing, Senior Citizen Ambulance Crew Musters on Despite Virus, and more on Feel Good Friday from Brown & Barron

Staying current with news on the coronavirus (COVID-19) is an important part of thoughtful citizenship, but it’s also a little draining. So here are a few positive news snippets for your weekend...

Beyonce & mother Tina Knowles-Lawson

Tina Knowles-Lawson & Beyoncé

Beyoncé and her mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson created a campaign to promote free testing for COVID-19 to Houston minority communities. The two sites set up for the event during Mother's Day weekend had a celebratory atmosphere, with DJs playing music for more than a thousand people who waited in their cars to be tested. The #IDIDMYPART campaign was designed to encourage underprivileged people to get tested, but also to encourage other celebrities to follow their lead. “Nothing would make me happier than to see people use their platforms to get this information out,” said Tina Knowles-Lawson, a Houston native herself, to Forbes magazine. People are getting testing who wouldn’t otherwise. We can keep the momentum going.” Read more

Senior Citizen Ambulance Crew Braves COVID Risk to Help Others

Kent Marchuk

Kent Marchuk, 67, of the Sun City Center Emergency Squad. [Photo: Martha Asencio Rhine | Tampa Bay Times]

In a retirement community in South Hillsborough, Florida, the volunteer ambulance service has an average age of 72. Despite the risk of COVID-19 to seniors, the heroes of the Sun City Center Emergency Squad answer the 911 calls for the community of more than 20,000. They handle about 5,000 calls a year, and they do so without taxpayer money, through their 400 volunteers (mostly retirees) and private donations. With the threat of COVID-19, they’ve changed protocol by inspecting residents with a temperature gun before the crew can enter, but their mission has not been diminished by the pandemic. “That gratification you get when the 92-year-old patient looks up at you, and you’ve just transported her, and she just says, ‘Thank you, thank you so much,’” said ambulance driver Kent Marchuk, 67. “You walk out feeling like a king, like you really helped somebody.”

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Spain’s Oldest Person Recovers from COVID-19

Maria Branyas

Maria Branyas celebrated her 113th birthday in March. (Photo:Rosa Moret in Forbes)

Spain’s oldest living person, 113-year-old Maria Branyas has tested negative for COVID-19 after being diagnosed with the virus in April. Born in 1907 in San Francisco, Branyas’ family moved to the Catalonia region of Spain in 1915. Branyas is among the oldest COVID-19 survivors in the world. “Her survival shows the weakness of approaches that rely on chronological age as a basis for limiting access to care,” Thomas Scharf, professor of social gerontology and president of the British Society of Gerontology, told Forbes.

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Florida Airmen Help Feed the Elderly

Airmen have partnered with Meals on Wheels to help needy seniors. (Photo: Hurlburt Field)

Airman First Class Ishmael Ottman has been a volunteer with Meals on Wheels since 2018. After the COVID-19 pandemic began recruiting other airmen stationed at Hurlburt Field to help the Okaloosa County's Meals on Wheels program provide meals for seniors in the Fort Walton Beach and Niceville area of Florida. "We usually deliver meals on Wednesdays to seniors, two or three times a month, other squadrons and volunteers help out with other days," Ottman said. Brown & Barron passionately supports the mission of Meals on Wheels through donations and volunteering. If you’re interested in helping out the Meals on Wheels program here in Maryland, click here.

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