By Payton Moody

It is no secret; the world, particularly the United States, is going through a novel time in history.

With coronavirus cases climbing in most states, it can sometimes prove difficult to stay positive and keep pushing forward. We have been through so much in the past year: wildfires, a global pandemic that has taken our loved ones, numerous hurricanes and tropical storms, a contentious presidential election, the loss of jobs and businesses, and most importantly, a weakening in our hope and faith.

First National Bank & Trust Co. of Shawnee, Oklahoma, is here to say we stand with you and our community. We must all keep our composure and remember these times will pass.

Slowing the spread of the virus by wearing a mask, social distancing and quarantining when necessary are all simple ways to help the people around us and ourselves. These protocols are put in place to protect us, and if followed correctly, could make a tremendous impact on the number of COVID-19 cases in our area.

Selfless acts like these can save lives.

At FNB, we want to remind everyone that you are essential. This includes the educators, doctors, nurses, first responders and service industry workers who are risking their lives for others every day; the grandparents trying to figure out Zoom and FaceTime so they can see their grandchildren on the holidays; the father watching his daughter come into the world through a glass window, while the mother is doing one of the hardest things she’s ever done alone; the grandmother who is forced to take her final breaths without her family by her side.

You are the true heroes of this pandemic.

It has been a trying time for everyone. Some have lost their jobs, been evicted from their homes and even lost friends and family members to this virus. It is one of the most divisive times in our country’s history. However, as Americans, we must come together to help and support each other.

We know you are tired of this virus, wearing a mask, canceling your trips and not seeing your family members. If we all do our part and come together as a nation, we can beat this pandemic and return to a sense of normalcy.

Keep the faith and remember that good times are still ahead.

Stay safe and stay positive — from everyone at First National Bank and Trust Co. of Shawnee, Oklahoma.