Matthew Carrier of Enfield Connecticut has brightened his community by putting together a “Bright Night for Heroes” display in his neighborhood. Carrier decorated his home with lights accompanied by patriotic music to help lift spirits and honor everyone working hard to combat COVID-19.
Beam of light: Tommy’s Supplies in Somers
Yankee Institute is proud to present “Beam of Light” — A dedicated place to lift spirits by illuminating the many acts of quiet heroism, generosity, individual initiative and kindness that are happening every day across Connecticut during the coronavirus crisis.
To share your “Beam of Light” story, please email Jordanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tommy’s Supplies, a distributor of tattoo and body piercing equipment based in Somers, CT, has donated and delivered boxes of gloves and other medical supplies to the Shriners, hospitals and assisted living facilities throughout the state.
Owner, Tom Ringwalt Jr., said “I have lost many family members and friends in the past so I know how it feels to lose loved ones and if I can save just one life that would mean the world to me because my heart — like my father always said — is bigger than any man’s wallet. Just being capable of having these supplies on demand to help in these tragic times fills my heart with love and joy knowing that I could help save lives. I have always had a heart of gold and I will always stay true to who I am. I love life, I love people and every life on this earth is precious and valuable. I’m not a hero but a human being helping out another human being.”
Tommy’s Supplies are continuing to offer curb-side pickup for customers and are working on getting more supplies soon.
In good times, 850 Degrees Pizza in Ridgefield, CT swears that it “make the best pizza you’ll ever eat!” But during the Covid-19 crisis, it has offered assurances to its community of a very different kind. Under the 850 Degrees #NoOneGoesHungry Campaign, they have told their community, “To all those who have changes in employment or income during this time, we are here to help. NO ONE GOES HUNGRY! If you need help, 850 Degrees Pizza will provide you a free 12" cheese pizza every day until the COVID-19 crisis ends.