Aaron Talasnik, 42, wears a bunny costume while walking his dog Charlie in Center City. Talasnik said he has recently been walking his dog while dressed in his old Halloween costumes to brighten peoples day. "If I can make somebody smile or make somebody laugh during the day I am helping, I think a lot of people right now are struggling, just trying to stay positive is not easy right now. I can't afford to help financially, and I am not a doctor or nurse. I see this as a way to brighten people's day. And I have to go on the walks anyway, it just kind of comes from that.” He said he has a rotation of about four costumes at the moment: The hungry caterpillar, Buzz Lightyear, the Easter bunny, and opening day Phillies fan.
ChaCha N. Hudson, CEO of the SEWcial Café, a fashion coworking space, has been sewing fabric masks nonstop. Though cloth masks do not provide full protection against virus particles, the Centers for Disease Control is now recommending Americans who need to go outside wear face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Mural Arts Philadelphia hired artists to design spacing decals that encourage ShopRite customers to stand at least six feet apart. On Friday the group installed the decals in four checkout lanes, with plans to return next week for more.
Demand is so high for food distribution offered to Philadelphia residents this week that some sites ran out of meal boxes to distribute — even after the city quadrupled the number of meals it is handing out. At Hank Gathers Recreation Center, 400 boxes of food ran out in 30 minutes on Thursday, April 2, 2020.