Farragut Crossing mom’s Easter Egg ‘walking scavenger hunt’ a big hit
In the first days of the Coronavirus wave, Farragut Crossing resident Emily Miller mused about what she could do to help lift the spirits of those around her.
“I was watching the news out of Italy and saw where those residents were not able to be together, but they were all singing outside their windows,” she said. “I thought, ‘What could we participate in here and still keep our social distancing?’”
Miller, who works in curriculum development at the University of Tennessee, had seen where some folks in other cities were hiding shamrocks in their windows, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, which helped Miller chose a different seasonal and appropriate object — the Easter Egg.
Suggesting it on the social media platform Nextdoor.com, Miller promoted it as a “walking scavenger hunt” when she posted it Wednesday, March 18.
Our churches — our comfort and mainstay during good times and especially these uncertain ones — are adjusting to “new normal” confines as they rush to help fill the needs of their members and the community at large.
Places of worship may have had to physically close, but churches and staff members are creatively reaching out to maintain open lines of communication and provide for numerous needs.
Online services have taken hold, with most churches streaming Sunday morning worship, and adding resource missives for all ages, devotionals and Bible studies, along with a constant stream of encouragement.
“Historically, when nations have faced challenges and people have faced questions and fears, the Church has been the epicenter for strength, comfort and hope,” First Baptist Concord senior pastor John Mark Harrison said. “In this cultural moment, we need to have Jesus as our anchor to keep us from drifting and stabilize us in the storms of life.”
Knoxville Moms, a local online resource for mothers and families, hosted its 2nd Annual “Meet Your Superhero” event at Cool Sports, Home of the Icearium on Sunday, March 8. Not only were the typical characters on hand to meet children and parents — Batman, Captain America, Spiderman and Wonder Woman, among them — but also present were first responders from Rural/Metro and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
While accepting blood donors by appointment only due to concerns over COVID-19, MEDIC Regional Blood Center has seen blood donations drop.
“As of March 19, we have seen more than 12,000 blood drives cancelled across the blood industry, resulting in some 355,000 projected products (lost),” said Kristy Altman, MEDIC director of communications and donor engagement.
“We are encouraging all donors to make an appointment by calling 865-524-3074 or online at medicblood.org. The Farragut office, 11000 Kingston Pike, Suite 4, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays.
Although “Our current supply is actually adequate for what we need,” Altman added, “We will see an increase in demand once the hospitals lift their pause on elective surgeries.”
On site, “We will not allow more than two donors on a bus in the collection phase at one time.”
We find ourselves today in a time that may challenge our very faith.
So, the question we need to answer is what can we do to maintain our equalibrium through this worldwide epidemic.
I would suggest the answer is given to us in Titus 3:2 where the apostle Paul, writing to the Christians in Colossae, penned: “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Essentially, Paul is saying that our hope is not on the here and now.
Paul wrote in Romans 8:24-25 that we are saved in hope, but not a hope that is seen, but we hope for what we do not see. This hope allows us to believe in the “seemingly” impossible.
In Romans 4:18-22, Paul reminds us of the Old Testament that even though Abraham was very aged and Sarah was barren, Abraham “hoped against hope” that a child would be born, and it happened as God promised.
While being asked to “stay home,” it’s easy to get cabin fever.
That hasn’t stopped Farragut and other area residents from inventing creative ways to pass the time and sharing their activities on social media.
For instance, since Zoo Knoxville has closed it has been asking people to send in videos of their imitations of animal sounds, and several area residents have started “Teddy bear” scavenger hunts.
Closer to home, Rotary Club of Farragut member Terry Kerbs is “replacing my greenhouse, mulching, planting flowers and a lot of honey-do list items.”
Michael Singletary, another RCF member, also is doing yard work. Additionally, “I’m learning to play ‘lead’ guitar, jogging a little on the street instead of at Fort Sanders and enjoying the music videos on YouTube.
“I think that soon I will have read everything on the Internet, but it does help pass the time,” Singletary added in jest. “My wife reminded me that the old song I have been singing is “Corina, Corina” … not “Corona, Corona.”