By JENNIFER DEMPSEY

Progress Editor

Mr. Rogers once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

I think this quote fits perfectly with the turmoil going on right now with the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are entering our second month of the stay-at-home order and people are starting to get restless. They have reached their limit for seclusion and are feeling trapped.

It’s getting harder to see the helpers anymore. We have been at this for quite a while now and people are starting to worrying about themselves instead of others.

But people are still out there, trying to help our community and our control.

Colette Brown, has been making masks and giving them away. So far, she has sewn and distributed 403 masks with another 50 waiting to be constructed. She doesn’t ask for anything in return. Colette has given so many people these much needed masks.

A Facebook group was created to show the high school seniors a little more love since they are missing out on so many monumental events this year.

Parents listed their senior along with their likes and hobbies. Other people were then able to “adopt” a senior and send them gifts.

Seniors in the group were flooded with amazing baskets full of their favorite treats, gift cards and so much more.

Monday night in Payne, a group of residents came together to prepare a chicken and noodle dinner for other Payne residents. The group served over 400 meals. The meal was free, but donations were accepted for the local food pantries. They collected a table full of food and over $1,000 that will all go back into helping our community.

Helpers exist in our county and they are doing great things for our communities. If you aren’t seeing helpers in your area, then it’s time for you to be a helper.

You don’t have to be rich or have a lot of connections to help people in your area. It’s as simple as helping someone carry groceries to their car or mowing your neighbors yard. Just a simple phone call to check in with elderly people you know or a card to cheer someone up.

Now is the time to step up. We need helpers more than ever. So much negativity is starting to swirl around and we need to put a stop to it. People are turning selfish and only caring about themselves, instead of thinking about how their actions affect others.

Don your physical mask and your mask of kindness and do some good for the people around you.