FakeNewsBlues and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is disrupting millions if not billions of lives in profound ways around the world. There have been 12,000,000 cases world-wide, with over 500,000 deaths. The United States alone now has more than 3,000,000 confirmed cases with over 150,000 deaths.
These numbers will no doubt be outdated by the time you read this. In fact, they are likely to be outdated by the time we hit “Save.”
Even these grim figures do not fully take into account the unfathomable number of people in various stages of quarantine around the world, nor the skyrocketing unemployment rate and the unprecedented financial hardships that go along with it.
We’re sending our thoughts out to all of you and your families from the (former) epicenter of the epidemic, New York City, where we’re located. For those of you who are sick, we wish you a speedy recovery. For those who’ve lost loved ones, there are no words that can adequately express our sorrow.
But we all know that thoughts and prayers only get you so far. Thankfully, many organizations and charities are providing aid to relieve suffering in communities affected by COVID-19. We want to do our part as well.
With this in mind, FakeNewsBlues will donate 25% of all net proceeds to Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks that provides food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and other meal programs in communities across America. This policy will continue for as long as it takes.
Before COVID-19, more than 14 million American households were food insecure, meaning they had limited or uncertain access to sufficient food. More than 11 million children in the US live in food insecure households. These number will almost certainly increase as more jobs are lost and the economy continues to falter. People of color are disproportionately affected.
“Children” and “hunger” are two words that should never appear in the same sentence.
Feeding America is rated four stars out of four by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and highly-praised evaluator of charities. Charity Navigator awarded Feeding America a 97 out of 100 score in the category of Accountability and Transparency. Feeding America does vital work, and they are especially worthy of everyone’s support.
FakeNewsBlues remains open for business. Our suppliers operate from various processing centers in diverse locations, and we’re in regular communication with them for the latest updates on what’s going on. They are still operating and they continue to accept and process our orders. They are experiencing delays in their supply chains, as is to be expected. So fulfillment and shipping will take longer, but your order will reach you. (See our Shipping page for updates.)
In these deeply anxious and uncertain times it’s vital to stay healthy while maintaining a healthy sense of humor. And we all need an outlet to vent our very justifiable frustrations at the dishonesty, incompetence, and downright cruelty of Donald Trump!
Stay calm. Stay inside as much as possible. Breathe deeply. And remember the words of Rudyard Kipling from his famous poem, “If:”
“If you can keep your head when all about you / Are losing theirs…
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it…”
This too shall pass.
We're all in this together.
Thank you from the entire FakeNewsBlues family for your support, and stay well!