Little Things Make A Big Difference

Great things happen when individuals act voluntarily and work together to make society better. 

We are collecting stories about Iowans helping their neighbors and communities during this time of need.


Click here to share a news link or share a story about someone you know who is going above and beyond.

Atlantic, Des Moines, and Iowa City - Facebook and Twitter posts

Atlantic Bottling Company donated 1,000 bottles to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The bottles will be filled with hospital sanitizing solution and given to all staff members.


Cedar Rapids, Fairfield, Forest City, Iowa City, Mason City  - Radio Iowa

Private businesses across Iowa are stepping up to deal with shortages of medical supplies. Public health officials say these fabric masks can be worn under a face mask by health care workers and can be reused if properly cleaned and disinfected.

Johnson and Washington Counties - Des Moines Register

In eastern Iowa, concerned neighbors take steps to ensure Amish get word about the coronavirus. Everyone who reached out was relieved. “I think they paid attention to the governor’s proclamation. I think in the beginning, they kind of thought they were safe.”

Akron - KTIV

The community of Akron wanted to find a way to cheer up the residents of the Akron Care Center. They decided to have a 'Parade of Waves.' Community members were encouraged to decorate signs, their cars and even dress up in outfits and wave to residents inside the center. "I think it sends a message to them that we love them and care about them. And hopefully, they felt that today," said Police Chief Bill Young.

Hiawatha - KCRG

Venture Crew 2000, a group within Boy Scouts that specializes in medical education for its members, donated some surplus face masks they had on hand to the Hiawatha Fire Department on Monday. They'll now get them to places that need it the most.


Davenport - WQAD

According to the Freight House's Facebook page, over 260 yards of elastic and 36 yards of fabric have been donated to help make masks. Now they hope to make over one-million masks.



Spencer - Radio Iowa

The owners of a distillery in northwest Iowa’s Great Lakes region are giving away free hand sanitizer this week. They are using inventory in stock to make 4000 four ounce units or more of hand sanitizer. The only stipulation of the free giveaway is that the public must bring their own containers.


Dexter - Iowa City Press Citizen

A Facebook group of seamstresses across Iowa is answering the call, teaming up virtually to purchase fabric, make masks and deliver them where needed. Masks for the Frontlines Iowa has more than 600 members volunteering their time while sheltered at home


Food pantry. (WHO-HD)

Des Moines and Harlan - WHO-TV 

To help support those employees now out of work until at least the end of the month, Beer Can Alley owner Ted Hawley, has teamed up with screen printer and embroiderer Alex Ahrenholtz of Zander Ink in Harlan for a t-shirts fundraiser. "One hundred percent of our profits are going to go directly to our employees just to help them buy milk, buy diapers, do whatever you need to do to survive."

Food pantry. (WHO-HD)

Wilton - Muscatine Journal

The cafe will offer free to-go breakfasts and lunches to school kids for four weeks.

“When they announced that school was going to shut down, we kind of just started thinking of what we could do to kind of ease the parents’ minds to help them out a bit,” said Sakir Alimoski, owner.


Food pantry. (WHO-HD)

Across Iowa - WHO-TV 

Food Banks across Iowa have seen an increase in donations during coronavirus pandemic. Communities are coming together to feed each other during COVID-19 pandemic.



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