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Look for the Helpers: Deputies save the day, piano concert cheers up neighbors

As our area is faced with ongoing changes due to a growing pandemic, we are bringing stories of people doing good in the community during a time of uncertainty.

Help us look for the helpers!

Dollars from Deputies

Two Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies went above and beyond to help a teen on his birthday.

The teen, named Jayden, had saved up his spare change for months to buy himself a gift.

When he tried to get cash in exchange for his change, Jayden ended up with a counterfeit $100 bill from a business in Buellton.

Deputies at the Solvang substation quickly collected $100 and gave it to the teen.

They all took a photo together and gave each other a virtual high five.

Social Distancing Concert

A special piano concert raised the spirits of one Goleta neighborhood.

The Red Piano organized the special show over the weekend. Jason Libs played a red piano on the back of a truck for a small crowd that remained physically distanced.

Red Piano owner, Jason Jones said his business has been hit especially hard since the business does not serve food and remains shut down.

Jones said the show was the first glimmer of hope the he's felt since the pandemic hit.

The Red Piano also features live music on its Facebook page.

Katy Perry Gives Back to the 805

Katy Perry is the latest celebrity to raise money and awareness for Santa Barbara based Direct Relief.

Perry, who grew up in Goleta, released a new song called 'Daisies' and new merchandise.

Perry announced on social media that 100% of proceeds from the sale of her face masks will go to the non-profit which is supplying personal protective equipment or PPE to medical professionals battling COVID-19.

Perry said Direct Relief is one of her favorite Santa Barbara based charities.


Know of any other helpers making a difference during these trying times? Send Alys an email and let her know!


Lifestyle / Safe at Home / San Luis Obispo County / Santa Barbara- S County / Santa Maria - North County

Alys Martinez

Alys Martinez is a reporter/anchor at KEYT|KCOY|KKFX.

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