The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is bringing some unprecedented challenges to Paris and Henry County — especially to its families, and to workers at its essential businesses.

Response to the threat of the virus has caused the cancellation of schools and sporting events, and even our beloved World’s Biggest Fish Fry celebration. Even the way we’re worshipping has been changed.

But the people of Henry County have always been resourceful in the way they’ve risen to challenges — the Helping Hand Radio Auction being just one example.

Now, families and individuals who are doing the right thing by staying at home are finding new and creative ways to pass the time, and to cope with the challenges that they’ve been given.

The Post-Intelligencer wants to shine a light on those stories, so we’re planning a special section to do just that.

It’s called “Silver Linings — How Henry County is rising to the COVID-19 challenge.” And in order to make it happen, we’re going to need your help.

We want you to email us photos and stories of what your family is doing at home to get through this crisis, whether one or both parents are staying home or both are essential workers and have had to make special arrangements.

We want to know how you’re coping, so we can share it with everyone else. Whether you’re reading a book, playing games or baking bread, we want a picture of it.

Photos should be a high enough resolution for us to publish in the paper — usually about one megabyte or so is plenty — and you should tell us who is who in the photo, and what they’re doing — the more detail the better.

You can send them to news@parispi.net, just like you’d send any news tip.

It will give you a chance to share how your family is hanging in there, and you may just give some other families an idea on how to better get through this.

We also want to know what you think and feel about what we’re all going through. How did you feel on first hearing about the virus, and how do you feel now?

Are there any plans that you’ve had to change or postpone? If so, we want to know about it.

Just like the photos, we’d be very pleased if you could write it down and send it to news@parispi.net.

We’re asking for all of your photos and stories to be sent in by Monday afternoon so we have time to process the photos and stories in time for us to publish it in the April 10 edition of The P-I.

Hang in there, Henry County — we can’t wait to hear what you’ve got to say.

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