"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" Mr. Rogers once recounted this story from his childhood, and when tragedy occurs, when human rights are violated, I always think back to it. It gives me comfort; it gives me a task at hand: look for the helpers.
Well, in light of recent events, we've been doing just that, and the citizens of NYC have not disappointed. A man named Levee set up a "subway therapy" station at the 14th Street subway tunnel between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, where he provided sticky notes for people to express how they are feeling, to offer words of hope and support, and to lift spirits. Thousands of travelers have left inspirational messages, and they are proving to be a silver lining in an otherwise very difficult time for many. Read on to see what these "helpers" are doing to spread love and hope.