Arkansas Stories of Hope During COVID-19

During these uncertain times, our communities are coming together to support each other and fight the virus. Below are stories of local businesses and individuals who are using their resources to help those in need.

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Crystal Ridge Distillery switched their operations from making drinkable alcohol to bottling hand sanitizer.

Alliance Rubber Company expanded their production to manufacture rubber strips for face masks.

Pine Bluff Arsenal shifted their operations within 48 hours to begin producing face masks for Department of Defense personnel.

School buses in Pine Bluff neighborhoods are being outfitted with Wi-Fi routers for students who don’t have reliable internet access.

Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts (ASMSA) is using their 3D printers to produce face shields.

Farm Bureau Insurance gave $500,000 to the six food banks that cover the state of Arkansas.

Uplift Arkansas and the Arkansas Department of Agriculture teamed up to create a "food access map," which details information on where to find restaurants and food pantries in your area.

David Mangan, a Hot Springs resident and COVID-19 survivor, became the first Arkansan to donate his plasma to statewide therapy efforts to help critically ill COVID-19 patients.

Pine Bluff residents gave their entire stimulus check as a tip at their local steakhouse.

Arkansas PBS teamed up with the Department of Education to broadcast educational materials to children learning from home. 

Police officers across the state are helping children celebrate their birthdays, even while they're isolated.

Shawn Raney, a nurse in Pine Bluff, recovered from COVID-19 and donated his plasma to research efforts before returning to work at the hospital.

Seamstresses in Hot Springs made masks for their community and donated proceeds to charity.

Arkansas Highway Police distributed 100,000 masks to truck drivers.

Pastor Daryl Graydon gave away hundreds of free meals to health care workers and other essential personnel.