Extraordinary People

Ice-cream store with special-needs employees overcomes pandemic’s business obstacles

The Dallas store Howdy Homemade stayed in business thanks to a $100,000 fundraiser and is now looking nationwide for expansion opportunities.

As D.C. voters headed to the polls, Viola Hubbard was there to help. Despite the risk of covid-19.

Hubbard, 72, is one of many longtime poll workers determined to show up for this pandemic-altered election.

My daughter’s remote kindergarten teacher taught me to be a better mom

In the day-to-day drudgery of pandemic survival, I'd begin to see my child as simply someone I was responsible for, not the wonderful, complete human she is. Ms. G changed that.
  • Oct 26, 2020

She completed the Fourteener project, climbing Colorado’s 58 tallest peaks, for charity

Brittney Woodrum’s objective was to mount all 58 of Colorado’s 14,000 feet peaks to raise money for ShelterBox USA, which provides resources to vulnerable and displaced families globally.

This 15-year-old maintains a website that tracks coronavirus cases in schools

William Wu of Shrewsbury, Mass., started the website when his sister left for college.

The pandemic nearly broke this Kenyan mom of five. Then she found ‘Blessing.’

Hyrine Mita found a new light in her life where she least expected it: a garbage dump.

This hospital worker’s ability to adapt has attracted the attention of an NFL quarterback

Doing her job with one hand feels natural to Savannah Stuard, but she knows it’s something unexpected for most patients.
  • Oct 19, 2020

With video calls and an army of volunteers, this 15-year-old is battling pandemic loneliness in nursing homes

Inspired by her grandparents, Hita Gupta finds a new role for her nonprofit. “Being able to speak with someone who’s having a hard time … I think that’s so important.”

Making friends during a pandemic is tough. Two college students created a website to help.

Two Cornell students created Quarantine Buddy to connect people during the pandemic.

D.C. urban gardens flourish in the pandemic as people dig in to ‘fill the isolated life’

“This garden is very important to me, like my grandbaby,” said Victorine Mbazang, who grows produce at Blair Road Community Garden.
  • Oct 9, 2020

Longtime English professor, 91, finds a way to keep teaching from a distance

Charles Krohn is in his 55th year as an English professor at St. Thomas in Houston and, after a few early struggles, has adapted well to the remote teaching environment.

She’s voted in every election since 1940. A pandemic wasn’t going to stop her this year.

102-year-old Beatrice Lumpkin called this the “most important election of my life.”

A giant, collaborative puzzle helped occupy participants during lockdown

Eureka! Puzzles in Massachusetts distributed parts of a 40,320-piece puzzle to 10 people in the community.

A Maryland 7-year-old was bullied. He responded by opening a food pantry.

“After I was bullied and I felt a darkness inside of me, I knew I didn't want other kids to feel the same way I felt,” wrote Cavanaugh Bell, 7.
  • Oct 5, 2020

California man finds a new passion in building desks for at-home learners

Chino's Chai Hansanuwat has had 10 other woodworker's join him in the mission.

Maryland suburb steps up response to covid-19 in Latino communities

Por Nuestra Salud y Bienestar includes funding for testing, case management, contact tracing and a Spanish phone information line.

Inspired by her grandfather, 15-year-old memorializes coronavirus victims with digital portraits

Hannah Ernst lost her grandfather, Cal Schoenfeld, to the novel coronavirus in May. She wants others to know that victims are more than just numbers.
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