Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit our shores, countless dedicated doctors and nurses have been constantly placing their lives on the line for us in this nation. They face daily challenges and make countless sacrifices: they do not get sufficient sleep, have postponed their weddings and honeymoons, are forced to avoid elderly parents and loved ones as a precaution, and some have to work even while pregnant. They are stretched physically, mentally and emotionally as they constantly adapt to the ever-changing situation on the ground with the spread of COVID-19 in our nation.
As a community, more than just keeping them in prayer, we wanted to step out to encourage and bless them in this time, and project Standing with our Front-Line Heroes was born.
On a monthly basis, for the period of March to August 2020, we are raising funds, printing cards with personalised messages, and buying gifts to bless the nurses and doctors in NUH from the isolation wards and Emergency Medicine department. We plan to reach out to staff in NCID as well. Over the course of 6 months, our goal is to bless a total of 1200 staff across the two institutions.
We looked into what these front-line workers needed most as they battled this pandemic and decided to bless them with the following items based on what they needed:
- Hand cream: in light of the constant washing and disinfecting of their hands;
- Vitamin C: to boost their own immunity as a form of protection from the coronavirus;
- Healthy energy bars: for them to conveniently consume as they are constantly on their feet and rarely have time to sit down for a proper meal.
On 31 March, before the beginning of the circuit breaker, we delivered around 500 gift bags to NUH as our first round of blessing to them.
Even though we were unable to personally give each person the gifts, we pray that each gift and card will bring cheer, encouragement, and a smile to every healthcare worker who receives it!