We hear disheartening news every day because the truth is, all our lives have been turned upside down because of COVID-19. But in between the tears and the uncertainties, we find stories that will make us see the beauty in tragedy. One of these stories is about someone who decided to let COVID-19 be an opportunity instead of a setback. I met Mika Martinez four years ago. We had been pregnant with our youngest boys at roughly the same time. I knew her as a pretty face and a kind smile. For most, you would know her as a social media influencer, a model, or an entrepreneur. I’ve gotten a chance to know her as a good friend in the year. And this 2020, I’ve seen her as a genuine inspiration. When the enhanced quarantine happened, a lot of people were confused, distraught, and devastated. It was a valid reaction, we were in a state of calamity. But despite all the problems that began popping out, I saw people rising to do their small part to help. I think that’s one of the biggest blessings COVID-19 has brought to our hearts–the desire to help. So as I watched Mika and her friends successfully grow their cause, being able to share more than 1,000 relief packages to their surrounding communities. I decided to write about it because I believe their story could also be YOUR story of being the silver lining in the lives of those who live and work in communities around you.