People "adopt" quarantined family, friends through Facebook
There's a way you can help fellow Nebraskans who are quarantined, or down on their luck during this pandemic.
Jolene Adams created a Facebook
called "Adopt a Quarantined Parent, Grandparent, Friend NEBRASKA." The group's goal is to lift people up during this difficult time, and spread a message of kindness.
Through the page, people can nominate friends and family to be adopted by posting a photo and brief description on them.
From there, people can chose who they'd like to adopt by commenting on the post. Administrators keep track of who's been adopted.
Adopters are able to do all kinds of things to support their adoptees, from sending them gifts and letters to saying a prayer.
"It provides us a platform that we can still come together at a safe distance," Adams said. "We can still let somebody know, 'hey. I care about you. I'm thinking about you today.'"
Adams said so far, 700 people have been adopted.
Cristy Just has adopted 30 of them herself.
"I'm on there every day. I'm on there many times a day," Just said.
At first, Just veered toward adopting people she was acquainted with. Now, she looks mostly for strangers or people who haven't been adopted.
One of the people she adopted was a hard-working single mom struggling during the pandemic. Just said she worked with the person who nominated the woman to get her things she needed or wanted, and also got some gifts for the woman's young daughter.
The pandemic has been difficult for Just too.
She said it's resurfaced the traumatic experience of losing her son almost 20 years ago.
But in a way, Just said the group has been healing.
"There are so many people that have bigger crosses to carry than I have. When you read these stories, giving gets you out of self," Just said. "You adopt one person and you never feel the same again. You cannot help but feel good about what you did there. It changes you."
Just said she's met a few of the people she's adopted in person, but is excited to gather with them safely once the pandemic is over.
The page has more than 3,000 followers so far. Adams said they'd like to continue growing it.
She said this is something they plan to continue even after COVID-19.