The Strand bookstore in New York was saved from closure by its devoted customers and book lovers
The Strand bookstore, the 93-year-old bookshop in the East Village, took to Twitter to call on book lovers to save the New York staple as it deals with a financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Owner Nancy Bass Wyde asked patrons to “#savethestrand” with some early holiday shopping, noting that “for the first time in The Strand’s 93 year history, we need to mobilize the community to buy from us so we can keep our doors open until there is a vaccine.”
The response was explosive: the store received more than 25,000 online orders over the weekend. Customers were ready to jump in and do their part, which caused the website to crash, Wyden told The Washington Post.
"As the third generation owner, I have tried to imagine what my dad and grandfather would do right now after they spent their entire lives — six days a week — working at the store," she said. "I don't believe they would want me to give up without a fight, and that's why I'm writing you today."
Man donates collection of 25,000 baseball cards to 9-year-old who lost all hers in wildfire
9-year-old Reese Osterberg and her family were devastated to lose their home last month in California’s Fresno County Creek Fire.
A huge baseball fan, Reese’s precious baseball card collection was also lost to flames. She’d been collecting since she was 6-years-old, and over three years she’d amassed an impressive 100 cards she was proud of.
When the Fresno County Fire crew heard about Reese’s collection, they decided to spread the word on Facebook. They asked if anyone could help a little girl by donating some of their own cards, and someone did.
San Jose’s Kevin Ashford saw the post on social media and decided to donate Reese all his baseball cards (about 25,000) he has been collecting since 1990. "I thought, you know, what of instead of selling them on eBay, I’m going to donate them. I’m going to donate them all and put a smile on a little girl’s face", Ashford told NBC Bay Area.
Veganuary movement welcomes one millionth participant
Veganuary, the UK-based campaign, which has asked people to pledge to eat a vegan diet for the month of January since 2014, said hitting the 1 million supporters’ mark was a huge milestone.
Joaquin Phoenix and Sir Paul McCartney are among the celebrities to have endorsed the campaign, which inspired Greggs, KFC and Burger King to launch Veganuary specials. Eating more plant-based meals is one of the most impactful ways of reducing carbon emissions, says the UN.