Danville Spirit

We are launching the Danville Spirit campaign to show Danville’s strong spirit during this difficult time. Please share your hope and community spirit by sending a picture, or brief story on how you and your neighbors are staying connected during the stay-at-home order. We would love to hear what you are doing to help your neighbors, our community or our frontline workers. We look forward to adding information to this page and sharing Danville Spirit in the next edition of Danville’s Live Locally newsletter. Thank you! #DanvilleSpirit

Email Geoff Gillette

Thanking Local

Danville High School Senior, Owen Crenshaw, started this amazing cause that supports local businesses and the Contra Costa and Solano food bank. Send a bag of local goodies to a doctor, nurse, fireman, police officer, friend, teacher, UPS driver, gardener, or simply someone to thank! Your bag can be delivered directly to your home or we can deliver it to a station to make someone’s day while supporting local businesses. $5 of every order goes to Contra Costa and Solano food bank.

https://www.thankinglocal.com/

Banners Honoring Graduates Installed

This week, banners were installed in downtown Danville honoring 2020 graduates. San Ramon Valley and Monte Vista High Schools purchased the banners and the Town of Danville installed them.  Keep an eye out as you come downtown and congratulations to all our graduates!    2020 Graduation Banners

Some heroes wear capes — and some make (and wear!) masks. 

Danville resident, Sue Hood has been creating masks at home, and sharing them with seemingly everyone who has ever had the pleasure of connecting with her, all over the United States– and free of charge. Sue works at a physical therapy office, where the employees have been making a conscious effort to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and safety. Thus, Sue’s mask making passion began.

She has an abundance of patterns she chooses from, and picks one that she feels will best represent the person she’s sending it to which is extremely thoughtful. It’s a considerate way that she has been giving back to the community in a time that we’re all staying “safer indoors” and trying our best to look out for each other. Although Sue misses having the opportunity to spend time with her friends and her children who live nearby and traveling to visit extended family in New Hampshire, she believes that this experience has in many ways shown how the community can come together in tough times. 

I started making masks because everyone at our [Physical Therapy] facility had masks even prior to requirement, except the front desk personnel. So, I made them for us and for their significant others, then for all of their families (I sent some to New York). I also make them for close friends, my kids, and my family (I sent many to New Hampshire). It morphed into making some for all twelve therapists at work, and their families, as well as the patients and their babies. I even made some for my hairdresser’s family (selfishly I want to be the first in 😉 ), and my Jazzercise friends and instructors. 

I have sizes ranging from size three – adult. The kids’ masks are so cute! They have little hand prints on them —  “the only hands that are allowed to touch the face.” 

It takes a lot of time to create each individual mask — about one hour from first cut to finish. I’ve been cutting at night, and sewing the next day. I feel respect for garment workers! Each mask uses a cut of the main fabric, plus the lining. First, you cut four pieces, then you sew the front together, and press. Next, you sew together the top and bottom, and press. Finally, fold over both sides zigzagging across. Each one uses a shoelace to thread through, and attach to the wearer’s face. I love using this pattern, because it covers from the nose to below the chin. I’ve used all the material leftover from my flower girl’s dress as well as donations from friends, sheets, scarves, and patterned shirts. 

Special thanks to former Danville resident and Danville Youth Council member Molly O’Brien for sharing this #DanvilleSpirit story.


Creating Neighborhood Smiles

We started a little tradition during COVID-19 of putting out a chalkboard. We write a different message every day to give our neighbors a smile or a laugh.  My favorite is my husband’s message "smile while you still have teeth". 

We write messages in chalk in our bike path that we love our neighbors, doctors, nurses, EMT, and all the delivery people. We love our neighbors and want to do our little part to help during this time.

Thank you to Judy & Ed Allen for sharing your #DanvilleSpitit


Inspirational High Schoolers create ’Danville Fighting Covid’

If you’ve not yet heard of Danville Fighting Covid then we would love to introduce you to these inspirational 14 Danville high schoolers who have joined together to crowdsource 3D printing of face shields and organize donations of PPE for local health care workers. 

Ameesh Daryani (11th Grade) 
Vikram Gopalan (11th Grade)
Radhika Gawde (12th Grade)
Kanishk Gupta (12th Grade)
Spencer Level (10th Grade)
Lauren Batza (12th Grade)
Lily Glantz (12th Grade)
Marlee Meek (12th Grade)
Elliot Danko (9th Grade)
Landon Mello (10th Grade)
Andrew Hanze (12th Grade)
Nadav Meiri (9th Grade)
Alex Gusev (11th Grade)
Zachary LeClaire (12th Grade)

Staff Advisor: Lucien Martin (English Teacher at SRV and Robotics Team Head Mentor)

DFC Members Collage

We first started our organization on April 9th, inspired by a YouTube video about a group in Alabama rallying the local maker community to 3D print face shields. A group of 5 of us decided to start something similar in our community, and we were fully up and running in 72 hours.

Since we were founded, our team has grown to become a group of 14 high schoolers:

On April 27th, we donated nearly 400 face shields printed by local community members to John Muir Health Walnut Creek Medical Center, all made by local makers in the community. 

We are looking for anyone with a 3D printer to fill out this form to print face shield frames. Our next day for makers to drop off their parts is on May 16th. We also understand that not everyone in the community owns a 3D printer, but there are other ways to help! The community can also donate to us by going to covid19.team1280.com/fund so that we can purchase the transparencies for the face shields as well as filament to restock our generous makers.

Community members can also find out more about what we have done to help the community this past month in our April Newsletter.

Thank you to Vikram Gopalan for sharing this information and to all of these high schoolers showing amazing #DanvilleSpirit

DFC Donations from community
DFC Dropping off supplies

Duckling Rescue

Danville Resident Sam Yu noticed these duckings in a storm drain and was able to get help. Nick Gault from the Town of Danville reunited them all with mom. Thanks Sam and Nick for this wonderful story! #DanvilleSpirit

Danville Teen launches WEBSITE To CONNECT the COMMUNITY 

Danville teen, Shreya Korlipara heard the news of the impact of the coronavirus and wanted to help. She launched a website HOPE on COVID-19 to help connect seniors and families with help and resources.

Back at the beginning of March, like many other high schoolers, I was preoccupied with my busy schedule until an announcement came that turned my entire world upside down. I had never really paid much attention to anything that was going on in the news until the announcement came on Friday, March 13 that school would be canceled for a short period of time in order to try and prevent the rampant spread of the coronavirus. Obviously, because I didn’t know much about what was going on, the only thing that had processed in my mind was that I was getting a break from school. I was beyond ecstatic until I decided to read more about what was going on in the news. I quickly realized how distanced I was from knowing the horrible realities that were unfolding in our world. I had undermined how much this would affect society as a whole. And it only seemed to be getting worse. It seemed like no matter who I talked to, or where I looked, there was only fear, anxiety, and sadness. When it was announced that schools would be canceled for the rest of the year due to worsening conditions, and panic swept throughout my community, I knew I wanted to do something to help.

But all the initial ideas that had come to my mind were extremely hard to execute, especially because of the new shelter-in-place order that was issued upon the state of California. Then it hit me. “If I can’t talk to people face to face," I thought, "What if I can reach out to them online?”.

That’s when my website, “HOPE on COVID-19”, was born.

HOPE on COVID-19 was created to spread good vibes and positive energy throughout our community during these dark and unprecedented times by providing fun activities for families to do and sharing a positive news article regarding the virus every day. While making the website, I had a striking realization. Some people are not able to be with their families right now due to their health conditions. I thought of a story that I had read on the news talking about a girl who couldn’t hug her father after sharing the happy news that she had gotten engaged because she was scared that he would contract the virus. That really tugged on my heartstrings. After observing everyone in the community, I recognized that our seniors have suffered the worst end of this unfortunate situation. That’s why I chose to add a tab dedicated to support seniors with love and cheer throughout these times. HOPE on COVID-19 offers two services: a virtual chat you may set up with seniors, as well as a form to fill out where a senior can connect with someone who can buy supplies & other necessities for them. All of this can be found in the tab "HOPE for Seniors”, under the dropdown "HOPE for All Of Us".

I truly hope this website is helpful and brings joy to everyone who visits it. If you want to stay connected with me or others to hear more positive news, I suggest you join H.O.P.E’s Facebook group, “Family Fun Pictures during Quarantine!”. This is an interactive platform where you can share your own positive news stories or view others. You may also post what you and your family have been up to during these times. If Facebook is not for you, you can also DM your positive news stories to be featured on our Instagram page, @hopeforcovid19! Thank you for taking the time to read through this. If you have any questions, or simply want to support what I do, please email me at hopeforcovid19@gmail.com.

Thank you to Shreya for sharing this inspirational story  #DanvilleSpirit

Website: https://hopeallaround.org/
Instagram: @hopeforcovid19
Facebook Group: Family Fun Pictures during Quarantine!E
Email: hopeforcovid19@gmail.com

Shreya Korlipara

"Angels in the form of neighbors live among us in Danville."

This story is about my son, Ben Lee.
He is significantly disabled and sheltering in place has been really difficult. He lacks the understanding of what the virus is and how we have to keep our distance to stay safe.

Ben has had some emotional outbursts so we incorporated a long walk every mid-morning.

One day, he started to have a major melt down on the street.

He’s 15  and this can be scary. 

So, I directed him to our friend’s curb.  

She came outside with her two kids on their curb and talked to Ben about everything and anything to help him recalibrate and calm down. After our “curbside chat”, we were able to walk home safely. 

We continued to find other friends’ homes to stop and chat as a destination and distraction for Ben.  

They were so popular, my friend created a signup genius so we have a place to go most weekdays.  

I’ve taken photos of these chats to document how these caring people are giving their time and kindness when our supports were lost in a moment (no more behavioral therapy, no more speech therapy, occupational therapy, music therapy, etc). 

Angels in the form of neighbors live among us in Danville.

The worst situations always seem to bring out the best in us.

Thank you to Hyon-Chin Lee for sharing this beautiful story  #DanvilleSpirit

Ben Lee Curbside Chats

Sharing Danville Spirit in our Neighborhoods

  1. Danville Fighting Covid
  2. Easter Baskets for Senior Homes
  3. Pete's Brass Rail & Car wash Donation
  4.  Community Cup
  5. Run for Danville Virtual Marathon
  6. #Giving Tuesday
  7. Diablo Valley Cotillion DONATeS TO local FOOD BANK

#DanvilleFightingCovid

Danville Fighting Covid is a student-led initiative founded by high schoolers in Danville, San Ramon, and Alamo in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Their goal is to rally the local maker community to produce PPE for hospitals in the Bay Area.

Have PPE?
Collecting donations of: N95 Masks, Surgical Mask, Disposable Nitrile Gloves, Canisters of Disinfecting Wipes, Face Shields, Safety Goggles, Hand Sanitizer, Gowns

Make PPE!
If you have a 3d printer you can print face masks or sew face masks for healthcare workers

Donate
You can also help by donating Covid-19 relief funds or by donating food to underserved and at risk communities.

On the Covid19.team1280.com website you can find a face shield frame design widely accepted by hospitals that can be printed by any 3D printer. If you own a 3D printer and are willing to help, check out their website covid19.team1280.com  to obtain the files and let them know that you are helping. If you already own unused N95 masks and other PPEs and would like to get them to hospitals, they are also collecting those. If you do not own a 3D printer or any PPEs but would still like to support this cause, then there are other ways you can help! You can donate relief funds or simply spread the word. #DanvilleFightingCOVID