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Surviving COVID-19 with Kindness in Florida

Being socially distant does not mean that we must also be emotionally distant. As human beings we have a natural need to feel connected to a community and the common experiences we all share as a result of the coronavirus pandemic has reminded us of the dynamic global community we’re a part of.

So, in the interest of helping us stay connected, foster a greater sense of camaraderie and bond together, World Footprints is sharing stories from around the world of the creative ways people are finding to cope with the coronavirus. We’re also sharing stories of acts of kindness that will feed our souls.

We want everyone to know that even though isolation through social distancing has been imposed upon us, we are not alone. We have each other to laugh with, to cry with and to feel embraced by virtual hugs. We will come through these tumultuous times together and as much stronger and wiser people.

It is our hope that these stories will encourage you, inspire you, give you a glimmer of hope and remind you of the common humanity we share.

Wash your hands frequently
Practice social distancing
Adhere to health and safety guidelines
Make plans to visit your favorite restaurant, attraction and/or destination after this pandemic is over


Francesca Dolan with Beaches of Fort Myers and SanibelFrancesca Donlan serves as the communications director for the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel in Fort Myers, Fla. She is also an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University currently teaching the Kindness Effect. Prior to her position in public relations, she spent 20 years as a journalist working at newspapers throughout the country.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University and a master’s degree for journalism from the University of Missouri. She is currently working remotely with her husband who is also working remotely, two children who should be in college but are learning remotely and two very happy labs.

Tonya Fitzpatrick

Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esq. is a co-founder of World Footprints.  A three-time TEDx presenter and international speaker, Tonya was appointed a Delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (63rd Session).  An almost “recovering attorney”, Tonya has found her purpose as a cultural connector.  She loves spreading positive messages about the power of travel and the strength of the common humanity we share. Tonya holds a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics and memberships in the National Speakers Association,  Society of American Travel Journalists, Women in Film and Video, Society of Professional Journalists and the North American Travel Journalist Association where she serves as a Board Member.  Tonya enjoys a life full of adventure, dark chocolate and champagne with her husband and business partner, Ian, and their beloved cat, Irwin.

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