Doing Good

By: Tim Wood

Topics: COVID-19

Do you know someone who is going above and beyond in this extraordinary time? Let us know! For the next few weeks we'll be highlighting those who do good deeds in our local communities by selflessly helping their neighbors. Drop us an email at if you know of any good deeds you'd like to see exposed.


ABC Window Challenge

Chatham Elementary School and community partners John and Janine Scott of West Chatham are sponsoring the ABC Window Challenge. Inspired by the Rainbow Challenge and the Teddy Bear Hunts, the scavenger hunt involves 26 houses in town. Here are the rules:

  • Each of the 26 homes has a paper in the window that displays a large letter and an image of something that starts with that letter. An example is “A” for apple.

  • The hunt is limited to the streets south of Route 28, beginning with/including Pleasant Street and ending with/including Barn Hill Road.

  • Signs will be visible from the road (so you can drive, walk, or bike by and clearly see the letter/word from a safe distance). No need to turn into driveways.

  • When you find a letter, write the corresponding word/picture down (this is how we will know if you "spied" the letter) and the address if available (or mark on a map of the area).

  • Once you find all 26 letters and corresponding picture/words, send the list and addresses/map to Dr. Robin Millen (

Mr. and Mrs. Scott will provide a prize for those that find all 26 first.

The ABC Scavenger Hunt will end Friday, April 24, so get outside and have fun!


Thank You Thursday

To thank truckers, vendors and employees at Stop and Shop in East Harwich, patrons are being asked to buy a wrapped snack and leave it at the designated table on Thursday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop and Shop will then package and distribute it the items.


Haiku Poem Contest

April is National Poetry Month. The Atwood House Museum is encouraging residents to get into the spirit by submitting a haiku to its Haiku Poem Contest. Entries must follow the haiku format: a poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. Email your poem, your name, email address, and where you’re sending in from to or message directly on the museum's Facebook or Instagram pages. Put “Haiku” in the subject line. The poems will be shared on the museum's social media accounts and website. Get friends and family to join the fun. Submissions begin now and end April 30. Poems will be posted each week and a winner will be announced Thursday, May 7.


Cape Cod 5 Matching Donations

Cape Cod 5 will match up to $100,000 in community support for seven local healthcare organizations: Cape Cod Healthcare, Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Outer Cape Health Services, Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Plymouth and Southcoast Tobey Hospital. This match is part of a larger commitment of $500,000 in philanthropic support to assist those affected by COVID-19 on Cape Cod, the Islands and in Southeastern Massachusetts announced recently. In addition to the community challenge, there will be a $25,000 match for employees on top of the bank’s annual employee donation match program, which was instituted two years ago. To learn more or make a donation, visit


Coffee Donors

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Three Fins Coffee Roasters has launched Grounds for Good, a program that will enable its patrons to support local nonprofits and businesses that are being negatively impacted by the virus. Half of the sales price of each 12-ounce or five-pound bag of coffee will be donated back to participating nonprofits or businesses. Bags can be purchased online at or in-person at 581 Main St. in West Dennis. Current beneficiaries include the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC), The Bashful Tarte Bakery, CrossFit Hyannis; CrossFit Nauset, the Inn on Main in Yarmouth Port; Mermaids on Cape Cod Boutique, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM). Other businesses and nonprofits will be added based on need and as the program evolves.