The late Fred Rogers, creator and host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood often described advice his mother gave him during scary times. “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,” he would say, relaying his mother’s words. In this time of uncertainty, and as the impact of COVID-19 spreads through our communities, states, country and world, we want to learn more about the helpers in your neighborhood.
Is your helper a physician or nurse working long hours in a local ER, a restaurant worker delivering your favorite dish to you curbside with a smile, a pharmacist or pharmacy tech going above and beyond, a rockstar educator teaching your kids virtually or even a neighbor who is sharing supplies hard to find?
Thank you to those who have shared their stories so far!
KIM from Charlotte shared: My best friend, Jessica, is a post-op general surgery and urology nurse – and her husband John is an ER nurse. They are two of the most truly amazing people in this world. John’s position places him on the front lines at his hospital, and Jess’s department has not interfaced directly but they stand ready to do so if and when the moment comes.
They’re MY helpers because of their attitude: when I check in on them and I ask them how they’re doing, or what I can do for them, both of them act like it isn’t a big deal, that “it’s just our job.” The true helpers are the ones who won’t accept glory for it, because they see it as part of their duty. Jess and John inspire me every day to give endlessly and with no expectation of return, and it has (and always will be) a pleasure to call them two of my very best friends. Like so many other people, I consider our healthcare workers to be true patriots because they are giving so selflessly right now – and without holding back.