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Good news: 'Little' market has big impact

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Our journalists are working tirelessly to inform our communities of closings, cancellations, actions of state and local governments, and the ways in which our communities are adapting to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

But we know there is so much more positive news out there, and we want you to help us tell it. Here is the latest Good News, as submitted by members of the community.

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Hearts on display

Darcy Johnson, of Streator: "Spreading some kindness and cheer to everyone during this hard time! Putting hearts in windows or doors so they can be seen from the road for kids to see if they are outside, or going for a ride in the car!"

Local market goes above and beyond

Claudette Bettner, of Paw Paw: “Our little grocery store in Paw Paw .. Paw Paw Fresh Market has done an amazing job for our community, always has fresh meat,and produce. Tim works really hard at getting the things the people in our community need, he is more than willing to try to order what one wants if they ask him. He is one of today’s heroes ... risking his own health to serve the needs of others!

Rallying to make masks

Cassandra Francisco, of Tonica: "St. Margaret's Hospital is trying to combat the short supply of face masks by making some themselves. They reached out to a local shop, Quilting in the Valley in La Salle, and requested she hand out supplies to make masks. The supplies were purchased by St. Margaret's Hospital and a bag was prepared with instructions and all materials needed to make a face mask. An employee of St. Margaret's reached out to her mother's Quilting Group in Tonica to ask if they could help. She jumped at the opportunity to help and the entire group rallied to make face masks for St. Margaret's Hospital. Just as civilians rallied during WWII, our local community is rallying once again to help out."

Quality e-learning time

M McGuckin, of Flanagan: "Our granddaughter is at our home today, her first ever day of e-learning for her school. She is working with her grandmother, a retired teacher, on her third-grade school assignments that were accessed today online. Twice this a.m. our granddaughter noted how much fun she was having with the assignments she was completing. Shoutout to her teacher for her assignment creativity and for making this e-learning day an effective instructional time for her class."

Renewing vows

Lynette Giacinto, of Streator: "At our Celebrate Recovery, Streator gathering, a couple who comes to our group from Towanda renewed their vows! This comes after self proclaimed marriage issues. You can read all about it from the wife's post that I had permission to (reference). It's on our Celebrate Recovery - Streator Facebook page. Our participants who know this couple well were so excited for the new covenant they were making publicly."

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