The Good News

The COVID-19 crisis has brought on some tough changes, but our community is strong and resilient. We are all in this together! With that said, we wanted to share good news on how acts of kindness and support have been spread throughout our Norfolk community.

Poodle "Kam"

Poodle ‘Kam,’ who took top spot in dog show’s non-sporting category, named after Norfolk’s Kam Chancello


"If you watched the National Dog Show this Thanksgiving you might have missed the namesake of the winning poodle in the non-sporting category." Visit>>

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Woman travels 8,600 miles through pandemic to donate kidney in Norfolk

The Virginian-Pilot

"Lesley Jenkins sat at her kitchen table in the glow of her computer screen. It was about midnight when she logged on to talk to a Sentara Healthcare medical team, which included a nutritionist, social worker and surgeon" Visit>>

Food Pantry at MacArthur

Free food pantry for students opens up at MacArthur Center


"A local community college teamed up with a local food bank to make sure no student goes home hungry." Visit>>

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Local artists paint rainbow sidewalk mural in Ghent honoring Pride Month


"Even though many local LGBTQ pride celebrations were canceled because of the coronavirus, people are still finding ways to show their support.." Visit>>

Gen Andre

Gen. André Lanata: NATO alliance, at age 70, demonstrates the strength of partnership

The Virginian-Pilot

"In a different set of global circumstances, our community would have celebrated the Norfolk NATO Festival’s International Parade and International Village on Saturday." Visit>>

Cafeteria Story

Norfolk Public Schools salutes its food staff on School Lunch Hero Day


"May 1 is School Lunch Hero Day and Norfolk Public Schools is saluting its School Nutrition Services staff, who are providing an average of nearly 8,000 meals daily." Visit>>

Hearing Impaired Father

Sentara nurses make clear face masks to communicate with hearing-impaired, first-time father


"Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing face masks has become the new normal. But for people who rely on lip-reading for communication, the face masks make that impossible." Visit>>

USNS Comfort

Mission complete: The USNS Comfort is home and ready for its next task


"The crew of USNS Comfort is back in Hampton Roads. The Navy hospital ship officially pulled into Naval Station Norfolk this morning after providing care to COVID-19 patients in New York City." Visit>>

Duck Rescue

Norfolk firefighters rescue 9 ducklings from storm drain


" The sounds of quacking from a storm drain alerted a citizen in Norfolk who called firefighters for a possible duck rescue mission on Saturday afternoon.." Visit>

SPCA story

Norfolk SPCA launches emergency pet pantry in response to COVID-19 pandemic


"The Norfolk SPCA launched an emergency pet pantry to collect food and donate it to pet owners who are struggling financially." Visit>>

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Local hair salon spa launches ‘Haircuts for Heroes’ GoFundMe campaign


"Changes City Spa and Jake’s Place in Norfolk started the “Haircuts for Heroes” campaign as a way to honor our local frontline heroes who are battling the coronavirus daily." Visit>>

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Local military members making big difference in coronavirus-struck Big Apple


"New York and New Jersey have been hit hardest by the coronavirus. Help is there from all over, and that includes local military members from Hampton Roads. Many of them say they are in the middle of something they’ve never seen before." Visit>>

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NSU donates personal protective equipment to Norfolk Health Department


"A local university donated around $1,000 worth of personal protective equipment to help local health care workers fight coronavirus." Visit>>


Norfolk ramen restaurant looking for donations to support ‘FEED 1,500’ campaign


"Norfolk based Japanese and ramen restaurant Alkaline is looking for donations for its “FEED 1,500” campaign to help healthcare workers on the frontline of the coronavirus." Visit>>

Business Woman story

The Helpers | Norfolk businesswoman to give out 13 grants of $2,020 each

The Virginian-Pilot

"Angela Reddix said she knows what it’s like to hold her breath before knowing for sure if it would be a good (or not-so-good) year for business." Visit>>

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Virginia Zoo introduces newly hatched Victoria Crowned Pigeon chick


"Check to see if any of your Easter eggs are missing because there’s a newborn at the Virginia Zoo.A newly hatched Victoria Crowned Pigeon chick, the largest species of pigeons in the world, was shown off by Zoo officials for the first time.” Visit>>

Pianist story

Local pianist live streams concerts for those staying at home


"A local concert pianist and teacher is using his gifts to help people staying at home amid the coronavirus outbreak.” Visit>>

Navy sailor story

Navy sailor from Hampton Roads covers Andra Day’s ‘Rise Up’ in hopeful video


"With plenty of somber news flying across Americans’ screens these days, members of the U.S. Navy Band are spreading an uplifting message of hope." Visit>>

senior living community story

A pleasant surprise for Norfolk senior living community in time of social distancing


"Residents at The Talbot on Granby opened their windows and balcony doors to a wonderful surprise." Visit>>

WTKR Nurse

Respiratory therapist quits job in Norfolk to fight New York’s crippling COVID-19 death toll


"Darla Grese has been a respiratory therapist for nearly 17 years, and before that she served in the Navy as a hospital corpsman for six years. She says she’s never witnessed anything like the COVID-19 crisis.” Visit>>

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Take a break with these photos of a baby sloth born at the Virginia Zoo

aBC 13 News

"What a better way to take your mind off things than to think of a name for the baby sloth born a month ago at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk.” Visit>>

New Blip

Virginia Zoo announces newborn bongo calf, ‘Blip


"There’s a blip at the Virginia Zoo. A new baby, that is.That’s what the Zoo keepers are calling the newborn, male bongo calf at the facility.” Visit>>

Troopster story

Troopster Donations to send care packages to hospitals


"The Norfolk-based organization that usually sends care packages to deployed troops is raising money to send 50,000 care packages to doctors, nurses and corpsmen." Visit>>

Two lions lounging at Norfolk Zoo

Zoo shutdown providing unexpected benefits for animals, trainers


"Zookeepers are innovating with animal training and interaction by working in other areas of the park and introducing animals to other species." Visit>>

Justin Verlandet gives back

Justin Verlander Gives Back


"The Old Dominion Alum and two time Cy Young winner will donate his game checks to Coronavirus aid."  Visit>>

counselor story

Local counselor sets out to help community at little to no cost


"A local counselor based in Norfolk and Virginia Beach is working to provide stress and grief counseling for little to no cost for people who may have a difficult time dealing with social distancing." Visit>>

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Norfolk bagel shop offering free bagels to those laid off from their restaurant industry job


"Are you a restaurant worker that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and are in need of free food? One Norfolk bagel shop is here to help." Visit>>

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Norfolk nonprofit encourages people to connect through handwritten cards


"During this time of isolation and uncertainty, a Norfolk nonprofit is encouraging people to connect through handwritten cards." Visit>>

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EVMS students volunteer to help during COVID-19 pandemic


"Virginia doctors need all the help they can get through this pandemic. Eastern Virginia Medical School students have answered their call to assist. " Visit>>

Sew it

Local fashion entrepreneur creates template for coronavirus masks


"Stephanie Wagner lives in Norfolk now, but the Richmond native spent years working in the fashion industry in New York City." Visit>>

ODU 3d

ODU engineers 3D print medical equipment for Sentara


"Class is out for the year, but that’s not stopping a group of Old Dominion University engineering professors and students from working in the lab." Visit>>


TCC loans ventilators to Sentara to help fight coronavirus


"Tidewater Community College’s respiratory therapy program loaned Sentara Healthcare the ventilators it uses for students." Visit>>

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Portable trailer provides free, hot showers to homeless in Norfolk


"Soap Chips provides free, warm showers to those in need. It’s basically a portable trailer with four showers inside. The organizers say they had a calling to have a portable shower for the homeless and they started this up 6 to 7 years ago." Visit>>


USNS Comfort Departs Norfolk In Support of U.S. Coronavirus Response

"The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departs Naval Station Norfolk, Va. March 28, 2020. Comfort is deploying in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals." Visit>>

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Norfolk community connects through 'hearts in window'


"Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has limited a lot of people to their homes, residents are building connections in a unique way. They’re putting heart decorations on their homes as a sign of support for one another." Visit>>

Food Pantry WAVY

Norfolk church turns food pantry into drive-thru to serve community


"For us, this is just what we do every week. We’re out feeding people and we’ve made some adjustments because of COVID-19. Instead of the (food pantry), (we’re doing the) CDC-approved drive-thru process for our folks to take care of them,” said Senior Pastor at Calvary Revival Church Courtney McBath." Visit>>

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The Helpers: Norfolk restaurants serving meals to out-of-work food industry during pandemic

The Virginian-Pilot

"Outside Crudo Nudo restaurant in Norfolk on March 21, Eric Nelson had an unusual problem: More people wanted to offer help than receive it." Visit>>

Port of Va Article

First container full of Coronavirus test kits comes through Port of Virginia (they have a hub in Norfolk)

The Virginian-Pilot

"When the Cosco Philippines, a ship that can carry thousands of containers, docked alongside the massive cranes at Virginia International Gateway early Monday morning, all eyes turned to one box." Visit>>

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People are sewing handmade fabric masks, amid nationwide mask shortage


"Many people are doing their part to help in any way they can during the COVID-19 outbreak. That includes sewing DIY face masks." Visit>>

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River otters aren’t just cute, they are a sign of hope for the environment

The Washington Post

"Playful North American river otters often sound like squeaky toys as they wrestle each other, slide down riverbanks or frolic in water. Spotting these cute, furry animals is not only good fun, it’s also good news for the environment." Visit>>

Chartway arena article

With upcoming events scrapped, Norfolk's Chartway Arena donates food to ODU community


"Chartway Arena's box office, the multi-purpose arena on the campus of Old Dominion University, closed Monday due to all of its events through the end of March being postponed or canceled due to the outbreak of COVID-19." Visit>>


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Before closing, Norfolk’s animal shelter found homes for all of its animals — and many more

The virginian-Pilot

"Within minutes of sending out a public plea for help Friday afternoon, the computers at Norfolk Animal Care & Adoption Center began to chime."


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Community bands together for 'grocery runs' for the elderly, immunocompromised


"Things as simple as going to the grocery store might not be easy for the elderly or people with compromised immune systems. So a group called "Norfolk Grocery Runs" is stepping in to help. It's a massive community effort that started online." Visit>>