Acts of kindness
The worst of times has brought out the best in many local residents
Missy Lieber describes herself as a “recovering addict” and says, “One of the things I’ve learned on my journey is service to others.” So when the coronavirus struck, she texted 20 friends in the Wildwood section of Bethesda: “We need to do something for the people in our neighborhood that help us and save our lives.”
Their first project was to buy lunch, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, for the staff in the emergency room at Suburban Hospital, where Lieber’s 10-year-old daughter had recently been treated for a virulent virus. (She was never tested for COVID-19 but “could very well have had it,” says her mother.)
A Facebook page quickly attracted 87 members and more than $500. Lieber and friends Sharon Watts and Liz Weirshowsky went looking for more targets. They brought barbecue dinners to the firefighters at Station 20 on Old Georgetown Road near Cedar Lane, and bagels and coffee to the teachers at Ashburton Elementary School.
Lieber, who works in advertising, wants the group, now called Helping Our Heroes, to have a “hyperlocal focus on the people in our own backyard.” They wasted no time planning their next project—delivering pizza to the first responders at Station 26 on Democracy Boulevard. “It’s crazy times,” she says. “I’m really amazed how wonderful people are coming together.”