Like most businesses, small to large, Tremont Goodie Shop in Upper Arlington, Ohio (a Columbus suburb) is struggling during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Recently, a longtime customer purchased a single doughnut from Tremont for $1,000—likely the most expensive doughnut ever sold.

The world of Thoroughbred horse racing and breeding has its own stories of empathy to tell.  To illustrate, prominent owner Charles Fipke, a renowned Canadian geologist and diamond prospector, has waived all fees for the rest of 2020 on his stallions standing in California, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ontario.  According to an article by Bill Finley in Thoroughbred Daily News, the generous offer has brought numerous calls of inquiry.  For instance, Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky, where Fipke has three stallions, says that at least 40 additional mares are to be bred for free.

Daily news reports, or warnings from government and companies, concern criminal activities intended to take advantage of people during the coronavirus pandemic.  Then too, we hear of price gouging and hoarding of essentials.  In the midst of such reprehensible behavior toward fellow human beings, it is uplifting to see how much a $1,000 doughnut or a free stud fee can mean to those who temporarily need a leg up. 

No matter whether Covid-19 emanated from a Chinese wet market or a Chinese laboratory, many innocent folks have suffered or died.  In times of great calamity, selfless actions by health-care professionals, first responders, and soldiers in the National Guard demonstrate compassion and courage.  Countless acts of kindness by individual citizens, like the ones described above, also contribute mightily to limiting the human and economic damage.

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