The Year 2020: American heroes step up as COVID-19 continues to hammer the US

From health care workers who hunkered down with patients to moms who mobilized to make protective equipment to teachers coming through every day, these people gave their all.
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What they're asking for us to do is, like, beyond god's work. I don't even know how it's going to be possible. How we're going to do this. We are in New York City and my hospital is surging. We are running low on a lot of supplies. I'm about ready to walk into into the E.D. And we'll see what the situation is like. I heard that our volume is just exploding. These are our front line workers turned American heroes on the ground, relentless, from the moment the covid-19 pandemic swept the nation. Our front line workers are brave, selfless. They have to literally put themselves back here and show up for everybody else. The men and women who every day would go into their job and whether they had enough ppe or not, risked it all. All across the country, health care workers going above and beyond their call of duty. I've converted my office into my bedroom. Like the staff at two Ohio assisted living facilities. For 65 days, the staffers left behind their own families, would not leave this care facility to ensure that their residents had the best care possible. And guess what? There were zero covid cases. And that is what a hero is in 2020. Nurse Erin Courtway leaving her life and family behind in Arkansas to help aid New York City. These are the sickest patients I've ever taken care of. I can barely get the words out, to have to experience that day after day after day. In Houston, Dr. Joseph Varon, after what he says working more than 250 days straight, taking a moment to embrace a patient on anksgiving day. He was very sad, because he's in a room where he knows nobody. And he was very emotional. It's not only the physical demands that they have, but the emotion demands they have is incredible. Despite all the challenges, health care workers bringing uplift in cheers, signs and music. Like nurse Lori Marie Kay, gracing her team with a sweet serenade. I'm found I think the importance of music is glaringly obvious in times like this. But now It's medicine for the soul. I se How are you and your colleagues doing this morning? These past few weeks have been challenging but we have to remember why we're here and it's to be here for our patients especially during this difficult Just like they were here for us, so many Americans stepped up for a nation in need. I find that the worse the situation is, the more generous people are, and they want to come together and be activated and they want to be part of the solution. I figured we had to do something. Like New Jersey mom Joann gregoli, launching a virtual community of sewers to donate masks and caps to hospitals in short supply. It was just one of those things, as a mother, you don't want to see anyone go into war unequipped. Thank you sewing angels! I found myself really scared in the beginning of this. We're on asion to help those struggling with hunger and food insecurity. Brad paisley doing his part to help. Opening up a free grocery store in Nashville. Serving over 900,000 meals since March. When we're delivering food or doing something that's helping, I feel less helpless. Anhink that's what the best of our country did. And we couldn't get enough of seeing good things right now. Going to have a brand new -- And nothing but love for teachers all across America. Off we go. Delivery day! God bless teachers, I love them. Awesome job, give yourself a thumbs up. To be able to teach 20 some odd kindergartners via a screen is no small feat. It has been amazing to watch them adapt. We're in their debt always. The reason why I transform my kitchen into a chemistry lab is for the love of my students. I think one of the cooler things that you see with teachers is that they're being even more creative around the curriculum. It was more than the lessons that they had to teach as far as math and science. It's the lesson of life. The story that we are going to be reading today. Proving with teachers like these, the future is bright. You're superheroes to me! I love you! I hope one of the lasting legacies of 2020 is that we really learned who's essential, the folks who keep the world moving, even when we have to stay home. We have some brave Americans who are selfless, that never stopped loving and supporting us, who are on the front lines, and we've just got to say thank you.

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