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Iowa Nice: Embracing Good in a Global Pandemic

Rena Sletten

Rena Sletten
Oct 28, 2020

Army soldier, volunteer and nurse

We can all pretty much agree that these are strange and unprecedented times. At the onset of the global pandemic, many things we took for granted were turned on their heads and continue to be. With all this uncertainty, it’s nice to know that one thing remains as a rock for us to lean on: “Iowa nice.” Some people use the term with sarcasm or humor, but the truth is that we are lucky to live in a state that has a strong sense of community and kindness.

Acts of Kindness

Don’t believe me? Take a look at these nine acts of kindness to see how Iowans have been living up to our positive stereotype.

  1. Knoxville residents deliver smiles to neighbors in need
    Two teachers helped bring much-needed supplies through the tools of social media.

  2. Ames woman donates meals to families in need
    This central Iowa mother proved that one small act of kindness can fill both stomachs and hearts.

  3. Siouxland seniors get “adopted” after senior year was cut short
    Forget adopting a puppy -- how about a graduating senior? This community found a creative way to show some love to their graduating high school seniors earlier this year.

  4. Anonymous donor gives every household in town $150 in gift cards for food
    A kind stranger in the town of Earlham showed their love of their community in a big way.

  5. Des Moines “Day of Thanks” fills entire day with appreciation for frontline workers
    The city we call home has found many ways to honor the hard work of our community members.

  6. Des Moines salon to give free hair appointments to essential workers
    No matter their occupation, people are finding ways to give back to the workers protecting their communities.

  7. Iowa Army National Guard delivers medical supplies to five counties
    These soldiers offered a helping hand to make sure everyone had the supplies they needed to stay safe.

  8. A woman is sewing masks and hanging them on a “giving tree” for anyone to take
    This woman is making trendy new ornaments for all to take and use.

  9. Happy Moments Vol. 36: Iowans helping Iowans and Tiger King … Cow?
    Giving away good food and a cow dressed up as a tiger? This is Iowa nice at its best.
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      Rena Sletten works at Two Rivers Marketing as a strategic communications coordinator and doubles as their resident astrophysicist. When she isn't brainstorming her client's next move, you can find her on the yoga mat or snuggled up with her favorite book and tea in hand. You can email her for some cosmic perspective.