I know I’m going to leave someone out, but there are some really good things happening around the area and nation as we try to get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

If I fail to mention someone, please let me know so they can get credit for what they are doing.

Some of my favorite efforts include:

• The Madison County Ministerial Alliance fed children last week, during what was spring break. The Huntsville and Jasper school districts, the latter of which includes Kingston, have fed the children while schools have been shut down to on-site teaching.

• Some citizens in Ozark handed cupcakes to truckers last Friday as a way to thank them for keeping food and other items in our stores.

• Brashears Florists and Huntsville Floral & Gifts. Brashears ran a special on spring wreaths to brighten up peoples’ houses, while Huntsville Floral made “six-feet-away banquets” for residents of Countryside and Meadowview and others in the county.

• All of the eateries in Madison County that are still producing food while they are prohibited from having on-site dining. Restaurants can offer their food for pick-up or curbside delivery only. If you pick up an order, make sure to leave a tip for the restaurant. We all look forward to once again sitting down at a table filled with people at one of these establishments.

• A lot of parents took children fishing recently, especially since the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission did away with the requirement that everyone needed a fishing license.

• The Madison County Senior Health and Wellness Center offers curbside service for the daily meals. The center continues to feed about 100 clients per day through the Meals on Wheels program. If you can, spend a few dollars at the thrift store downtown, with proceeds going directly to the program.

• Former President Jimmy Carter asked that potential Carter Center donations be used to help groups providing relief to those suffering from the coronavirus pandemic.

• Food banks that remain open to serve those most vulnerable at this time.

• Grocery stores that offer to deliver food or at least bring items to your car. Special hours for seniors to shop is a nice touch, though it’s still pretty scary to go into the big box stores.

• Tyson Foods in Springdale committed $13 million to “support critical needs in local communities,” a news release said. The offer includes $2 million in grants and more than $11 million worth of products.

• Texas Roadhouse CEO Kent Taylor, who said he was giving up his salary and bonus for the year to pay the chain’s front-line employees during the pandemic.

Taylor’s compensation was $1.3 million in 2018, down from $8.5 million in 2017. His base salary was $525,000. He received stock awards of $7.3 million in 2017 and none in 2018.

• Choctaw Casino & Resort in Pocola, Okla., which donated more than $4,800 of perishable food items. “Rather than letting the food go to waste, or throwing it out, Choctaw Casino & Resort donated its items to the local schools in the area in partnership with Keystone Food Service,” a release said.

• The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union and various plants around the country. Employees will get increases in pay, bonuses and other benefits from continuing to come to work each day.

• A couple of people I know in the music business are offering “live” concerts from their living rooms. El Dorado native and rockabilly piano man Jason D. Williams is one of them. My buddy Chris Loggins sang a few songs for his fans. Old friends such as singer/songwriter Jeff Dayton are doing the same. Singer/storyteller Minton Sparks in Nashville took to singing on her front porch each evening at 6. Now, singers all over Nashville are doing the same. Check out Musiccitysingsat6.

• And most importantly, thank you to any doctor, nurse, nurse’s assistant, physical therapist, dentist, firefighter, emergency medical technician, paramedic, cook, truck driver, shelf stacker or someone left jobless who has taken on a new role.

Millions of people have been left without a job because of this damned thing. Businesses that shut down may never reopen. The pain will be around for a long time. Make sure to help someone in need if you can.