Living alone in the lovely Chicago, Illinois, an 89-year-old grandmother came up with a wonderful idea to spend her time helping others. Teresa Provo, or Grandma Terry as she is known by her friends and family, decided to make masks and help people with their struggles in times of social distancing. She decided she has to make masks for everyone in her family — all fifty members, spread all around the country. She took all the fabric she could get her hands on, made the masks, and mailed them to her relatives.
Grandma Terry Customized the Masks for Her Family
Grandma Terry says she likes spending time with her computer games, television, and sewing. However, Terry here decided to put her main focus on making masks in order to improve the safety of her family members. She personalized each mask for each person and applied images of their favorite sports teams on the fabric. After that, she also made handwritten notes to encourage her relatives.
Teresa Provo Sew the Masks While Listening to The Beatles
While sewing the masks, the unstoppable grandma was listening to The Beatles, which — according to her granddaughter — is her favorite band. Teresa Provo’s efforts didn’t end there. Her “Red Hat Club” friend found out about her endeavor and decided to join forces with the grandma. Together, they’ve made over six hundred masks for the residents in the nursing home where Terry lives. Even though it took them two weeks, they made sure to leave no one unmasked, and are reportedly still making more.
Everyone was happy to get their mask from the skilled grandma and her pals, and many were inspired to do their own part in helping others cope with the realities of social distancing. In fact, people all over the globe are demonstrating the best of humanity with displays of kindness and neighborly love including giving away free masks or free food, and making deliveries for elderly people.
Raccoon Wins The Internet As She Proudly Displays Her Fingerpainting Skills
When you think of raccoons, the word “artist” may not come to mind. However, it probably should because it turns out these creatures are pretty adept at bringing a painting to life. There’s a whole bunch of rescue raccoons that have been captivating the internet with their finger painting masterpieces and the fact that they take so much pride in their work.
How It All Started
The phenomenon began a few years ago when Tito the raccoon was adopted and introduced to social media. He built up a following with his cute posts that aimed to prove that not all raccoons are rabid and mean. Eventually, he began to have fun with finger painting – or, we suppose, paw painting – and from there, his artistic skills developed. Since then, several other raccoons – Piper and Cheeto – have also been adopted, and it seems they too love nothing more than to be artistic.
Anything Is Possible
According to animal behaviorist Suzanne MacDonald, raccoons being artists isn’t that crazy of a concept. She says that with enough patience and positive reinforcement, any animal can be trained to paint. Of course, you don’t see a ton of pets gaining followings online with their works of art. That’s probably because they don’t seem as pleased with themselves as these raccoons do when they show off their work.
Worked Out For The Best
Tito’s owners never intended to adopt the raccoon, but after failing to get him into any rehabilitation centers, he joined their family. Evidently, that was for the best because now he and his other raccoon friends are thriving. There aren’t many animals that can claim to be successful artists and online celebrities, so Tito, Piper, and Cheeto are definitely living the good life.
If nothing else, we hope that seeing the smiles on these raccoons brought a bit of sunshine to your day. We all deserve to be as happy as these animals.