Putting Others First

An interesting thing happened on the road to a global pandemic. Normal, everyday, regular people across Michigan – and the United States – stopped what they were doing, sacrificed their own paychecks and livelihoods and schedules, and made a lot of tough choices to protect their friends and neighbors.

News coverage is dominated with updates and discussions and breaking news surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic. We’ve all seen the stories about toilet paper hoarders and diminishing medical supplies.

Michiganians’ eagerness to put others before themselves, though, hasn’t gotten nearly the coverage it deserves. That doesn’t mean it’s gone unnoticed. Our own Greg McNeilly writes in the Detroit News:
“At the outset of a global pandemic, it’s time to consider the needs of our neighbors, to care for the sick, to enable and empower our state’s remarkable health care professionals to meet their needs, and to take whatever steps are in our power to limit the spread of the virus dominating so much of the daily conversation.
“This isn’t news to any of you. Michiganians have been doing it all along. When news first broke about the COVID-19 virus sweeping China, then Iran, then Italy, they prayed for the victims, they supported charities and ministries that sought to help, and they began taking extra precautions to limit the spread of the disease to those in the United States least equipped physically to combat it.”
Families and individuals across the state have been sacrificing all along to help Michigan get through the crisis. Thanks to their sacrifice and willingness to put the needs of others before their own, our prospects look so much better.

Tony Daunt
Tony Daunt
Executive Director
Michigan Freedom Fund
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