Fred Rogers, the chipper American TV host played by Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, once recalled a piece of advice from his mother.
In times of catastrophe, she would say: "Always look for the helpers. There will always be helpers, just on the sidelines."
In the global coronavirus crisis, those helpers are most obviously frontline healthcare workers, government and emergency services - as well as sudden, unlikely heroes like supermarket staff and postal workers.
But as Covid-19 spreads, I've also watched a number of tourism and hospitality businesses rushing to help.
They are hotels and restaurants who, until a few weeks ago, we were writing about as fab places to stay and eat in Ireland.
Today, they find themselves in the fight of their lives.
Think of Galway's Twelve Hotel, offering free pizza to local first responders, or chef Neven Maguire sending meals to isolated community members in Co Cavan and nutritious snacks to Sligo University Hospital.
Think of the hoteliers and restaurateurs that have sent free meals, or extra stocks of gloves and caps, to their local hospitals. Or the GoFundMe campaign, Feed the Heroes, that has raised over €500,000 within two weeks of starting up.
"I'm tired and hungry and it's already been so hard to go shopping," says one nurse from Wexford General Hospital, who emailed the Irish Independent to say her team had received baskets of food.
It means so much to teams working long hours, struggling to find time to shop, to know they are appreciated, she said.
"I might get lucky and have a tin of spaghetti hoops on my shift tonight."
Think of the Choice Hotel Group, which has given away 1,800 free overnight B&B stays worth €250,000 to healthcare workers.
Or the bag of coffee I ordered online this week from Anam, a speciality coffee roaster in The Burren.
Well, the coffee's good, and I'm missing my barista brews... but they'll also donate 100pc of the profits to cafés and restaurants closed due to coronavirus.
Scrolling through the awful churn of Covid-19 news stories can be overwhelming. But it's surprising how uplifting these little good news nuggets can be, popping like spring flowers in apocalyptic social media feeds.
That they come when tourism and hospitality businesses are flailing, when many thousands of jobs have been lost, is all the more impressive.
Right now, nobody knows what the next day will bring, let alone what tourism will look like when this is all over.
But for now, for positivity, we can look to the helpers.
And we can look for ways to help them.
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