We could all use some good news right about now. As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, we scavenged the internet for the videos and photos that made us laugh and warmed our hearts, reminding us of the good in the world. Here are our favorite feel-good stories of the week.
Family turns Les Mis's "One Day More" into a quarantine parody
The Marsh family has taken quarantine activities to a whole new level with their now-viral rendition of Les Misérables "One Day More" anthem. Instead of singing about the 1832 Paris uprising, the family-of-six takes to the mic to belt about missed sports matches, failed homeschooling and their technologically-challenged grandparents.
"It felt very apt," dad Ben Marsh wrote on Facebook, alongside a video of the parody. "Decided to include a bit of the intro so that you can see what kind of madness Danielle Marsh and I would be dealing with, if we didn't occupy them with music making...Hope everyone out there is doing okay."
"It's just absolutely lovely to see that positivity and people saying this has brought a smile at a moment when it's difficult to smile," he told reporters. "We didn't expect any of this to happen, but we're just really, really chuffed."
Marsh also revealed how he and his wife got their four children involved: They bribed them with pizza.
Girl and her grandfather compete in daily dance-offs
Kira Neely, 6, lives across the street from her grandfather in Nashville, and at first, the pandemic prevented the two from seeing each other. However, the crisis couldn't keep the duo apart for long: Kira and her Papa have started competing in daily dance-offs -- and the sweet story is going viral.
“Kira loves her ‘Papa’ so much and they’ve now started daily ‘dance offs’ since the virus is keeping them separated,” Kira's mom, Sherrie, wrote on Facebook. “My dad is turning 81 years old next month and I’ve never seen him dance, but he’s really putting forth great effort and has some special moves!"
Math teacher appears on student's front porch for lesson
My 6th grader emailed her math teacher for some help, so he came over & worked through the problem with her on our front porch. @Chriswaba9 , our neighbor, MMS teacher & MHS Wrestling Coach. #KidsFirst@MadisonMSNews@MarkOsports@dakotasportsnow@firstname.lastname@example.org/aniqt2goPB— Josh Anderson (@DakSt8Football) March 27, 2020
A teacher from South Dakota is making headlines after he went the extra mile to assist one of his students with a math problem during the quarantine.
Chris Waba used Zoom to continue math lessons for his sixth graders, but one of his students, Rylee, was still struggling with a question even after multiple back-and-forth emails. The 27-year teaching veteran then appeared on Rylee's front porch, whiteboard in hand and ready to get down to business.
"We had really tried to work through it digitally, but you can just tell when you need to do something else," Waba told Good Morning America. I had the whiteboard that I brought home, and I just said, 'I’ll be over in a couple of minutes.'"
Doctor breaks a move in viral videos
Dr. Jason Campbell's prescription to stay safe and sane during the pandemic? To dance it out. The resident physician at Portland's Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) has hit viral fame for his uplifting dance videos, which often feature his dedicated co-workers breaking it down in medical gear.
This week, he told his followers why he started sharing his fun videos to TikTok in the first place.
"Someone asked me why Tik Tok? Why the dancing videos?" he wrote. "I told them in 20 years I want to see more women in surgery, Black men in medicine and female leaders. So, I had to meet the youngest generation where they’re at... now we can have those discussions."
Someone asked me why Tik Tok? Why the dancing videos?— Jason “TikTok Doc” Campbell MD (@DrJCoftheDC) March 28, 2020
I told them in 20 years I want to see more women in surgery, Black men in medicine and female leaders. So, I had to meet the youngest generation where they’re at... now we can have those discussions. #WomensHistoryMonth
Father turns living room into rollercoaster after Disney trip was canceled
When your dream vacation to Disneyland gets canceled, you bring the magic to your living room.
Utah's Lara and Hanz Barenz were scheduled to visit the theme park with their three kids at the end of March, but their plans changed as the pandemic spread. To bring some of the fun home, Hanz turned his living room into a homemade Splash Mountain using a television, diaper box and a spray bottle filled with water.
"My husband had seen something like this on Reddit with just a regular roller coaster and so he decided to re-create it with Disney rides as a way to cheer us all up," Lara told PopSugar. This went on for quite some time with several different rides over a couple days . . . a great way to entertain [the kids] for a while when there isn't much else to do. Although, maybe a bit tiring for my husband."
"We're all just doing the best we can with the circumstances given," she continued. "It's a hard time for everyone right now. However, with a little creativity and a little bit of magic you can turn a sad moment into a happy one!"
Fitness instructor leads social-distancing workout for her street
Not even a pandemic can keep fitness instructor Elsa Williams from dancing it out. In fact, Williams has managed to teach a class for her North West, England neighborhood every single morning since quarantine began -- all from the safety of her driveway.
"It was only meant to be a one time thing," Williams said. "But it lifted people round here up a bit and they wanted more. It's also worth noting that our road hardly spoke to each other before all this!"
Dad throws fancy candy-lit dinner for kids
One dad found a way to make mealtimes much more enjoyable for his two children amid the coronavirus lockdown. Dressed in a snappy tux, Ben Moore threw his kids a candle-lit dinner, complete with milk-filled wine glasses, a flower bouquet and fancy silverware.
The UK-based reporter posted a video of the evening to Twitter, where it's since amassed over 2.5 million views.
"So because isolation and going nuts we threw a dinner party for the kids..." Moore captioned the viral recording.
Man uses a bucket truck to visit mom on third floor of nursing home
Charley Adams usually takes his 80-year-old mom to lunch or dinner every Thursday, but during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, he can't even visit her in person – let alone take her out of her home.— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) April 1, 2020
So he found a creative way to "visit" her. https://t.co/akfNq5iLj6
Charley Adams and his elderly mother spend every Thursday together, but the coronavirus has kept the 80-year-old confined to her nursing home. Missing his mom, Adams instead found a creative way to visit, appearing right outside the window of her third-story room in a nursing home in a bucket truck.
"I thought it would be funny — something to cheer her up a little bit," he said to reporters. "She got a big kick out of [the bucket truck]… They've been locked down for two weeks."
Refugee family caters surprise dinner for sponsors
Back in 2016 we sponsored a refugee family to come to Canada. Today, knowing that we're self-isolating because of travel, they brought bags of food to my front porch. Beans, dates, noodles, lentils, tahini, veggies, meat, and candy for my kid. So kind... and I'm so grateful♥️😭🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/BksTcxl62y— Robin Stevenson (@robin_stevenson) March 24, 2020
Back in 2016, the Stevensons helped sponsor a family of Syrian refugees to come to Canada, who continue to show their gratitude today, even amid the ongoing crisis. Last week, Robin Stevenson stepped out on her porch to find that they left her bags filled to the brim with food.
"Today, knowing that we're self-isolating because of travel, they brought bags of food to my front porch," Stevenson shared. "So kind... and I'm so grateful."
Stevenson later added that the family also delivered food to her elderly parents. "Makes me SO happy...My parents are 80 and live nearby, and I feel so badly that I can't get their groceries for them. So grateful for these dear, generous friends."