Tell Me Something Good 11/22/20

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The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to get caught up in the spin cycle and let it get us down. Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week, we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good!

Thanksgiving in 2020 is a bit of a challenge: Many are ill or have lost loved ones or will be separated from loved ones this coming week. The idea of being thankful might be far from our minds. But a communications professor has set an example of how we can reach out to others this Thanksgiving.

Liz Pearce, communications professor at the University of Iowa, sent an email to her students on Thursday expressing a desire to help them celebrate this strange and, in many cases, sad holiday by fixing and delivering a Thanksgiving meal to them and a couple companions. She explained that she hoped they took her up on the offer – that she and her children truly wanted to cook for them.

The menu includes turkey, stuffing, apple pie and even vegan options. Pearce also makes the assurance of safety – she and her kids would be careful to social distance and wear masks when delivering the meals.

Leah Blask, one of Pearce’s students, was overwhelmed with the generosity and kindness displayed and shared the email on Twitter. Her tweet about Professor Pearce’s email went viral – people are hungry for some good news.

Liz didn’t know Leah was sharing her email and was shocked by the attention it garnered. She told CBS 2, “I was just blown away really. The thing that really affected me the most was that so many of the people who read it said it brought a tear to their eye. And I was happy that it touched people, but I felt kinda sad because I think we’ve had such a hard fall.”

Leah said, “Iowa Nice, everyone wants to share the Iowa nice stories all the time. So, I think that a lot of people are really gonna like this. When I first read her email I was like, this is like the sweetest thing. It’s such a selfless thing.” She commented that Professor Pearce has previously offered a place at her Thanksgiving table to students who would otherwise be alone so this year’s proposal is simply adapting to the new normal.

As of Friday, three students had taken their professor up on her offer. She hopes more yet will reach out to her and, undaunted by the possible outcome, even said she would cook for viewers of the news story.

As we head into an altered Thanksgiving week, this story brings to mind that the original holiday didn’t come about because life had been easy, but because we can and should be thankful even when life is difficult.

Now it’s your turn… Tell me something good. If you would like to share things you are thankful for, feel free to do so. Or if this holiday is going to be difficult, you can ask for support. Because asking for and receiving support is a good thing too!

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