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Helpers Series

Mr. Rogers famously said that when he was a little kid and saw scary things in the news, his mom would tell him to “look for the helpers.” That’s not only good advice — it was the inspiration for our Helpers Series, shining a light on metro Detroit and Ann Arbor parents, kids, families and businesses that are stepping up to help others in the time of COVID-19. Do you know a helper? Let us know at helpers@metroparent.com!

11-Year-Old Behind Maddie’s Snack Bar Raises Money for Friend’s Life-Saving Surgery

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Madison Hill of Detroit is using the income from her snack bar biz to help offset the medical costs of her friend's expensive, life-saving Gastroparesis surgery.

Sibling Duo Spreads Cheer During the Stay-At-Home Order with Pinwheel Project

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A brother and sister from New Boston found a way to spread happiness during the coronavirus lockdowns through their pinwheel project.

Wine and Dash Facebook Groups Deliver Wine During Pandemic

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Metro Detroiters came together to keep spirits high (and flowing) during the pandemic through wine delivery groups on Facebook

Pretty Hunter’s Health Care Heroes Necklaces

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Waterford mom and owner of Pretty Hunter, Tricia Auten wanted to celebrate our female health care heroes so she and her kids send them necklaces.

Local Teacher and Soon-To-Be Mom Makes Glowforge Ear Savers for Health Care Workers on Behalf of School Group

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Lakeshore High School's digital arts teacher is representing her school's Glowforge Club by donating Glowforge ear savers to local health care facilities.

Ferndale Mom Organizes DIY Face Masks for Metro Detroit Hospitals

Inspired by a friend in health care, mom of three Janie Hamilton has become a coordinator for a big DIY face mask effort that's created 7,000 masks and counting.

Mom Gives ‘Feel Better Mommy’ Book to Kids Whose Parents Are Hospitalized With COVID-19

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Risa Kirschner of Farmington Hills wrote a book called 'Feel Better Mommy,' and she's providing copies of it for hospitals to give to children who need it now.

Front Line Appreciation Group (FLAG) Metro Detroit is Feeding Medical Workers

Driven to help health care workers battle COVID-19, a group of six local moms delivers meals with their nonprofit, Front Line Appreciation Group, or FLAG, Metro Detroit.

Metro Detroit Siblings Launch Quaranteen Help to Help Other Kids

Coronavirus is causing worries for kids in quarantine, too. With Quaranteen Help, a Bloomfield Hills brother and sister are offering a listening ear and sound advice.

Carter’s Cantina in New Haven Collects N95 Masks for Local Nurses

This Macomb County-based eatery is offering discounts on food in exchange for these much-needed medical supplies for local hospitals.

Como’s Restaurant Commits to Employees During Coronavirus Outbreak

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This Ferndale eatery — and the entire Peas & Carrots Hospitality Group — is providing meals for its employees and their families during this difficult time.