As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, I have heard several stories from fellow nurses and medical professionals working through the COVID-19 pandemic. The volume of patients and the lack of PPE has made their jobs extremely challenging. I’ve also heard and read about other heroes struggling to do their essential jobs due to fear of getting sick. Grocers, truckers, mail delivery personnel, emergency childcare workers, factory works producing essential goods, military members deployed to protect us — all putting their health at risk to keep our lives functioning as normal as possible.
As I thought of ways to support these incredible individuals, I remembered how receiving small notes from my patients brought the biggest smile to my face. It lifted my spirits, made me feel appreciated, and fueled my motivation to keep helping. Now, I know it’s our turn to send small notes to all those risking their health for us.
Take a look around and recognize the heroes in your life. These heroes may be your mom, dad, sister, brother, friend, or neighbor. All it takes is one heart, one letter, and one smile to make a difference. I hope I can inspire you to help!