If you haven’t done it yet, we challenge you to take time out from binge-watching Tiger King and searching for quarantini memes, to thank someone. Whether it’s a healthcare worker, grocery store clerk, or your own family for not totally losing it, gratitude goes a long way during a pandemic. Expressing it goes even further, and now more than ever, it’s important not to take all of these amazing humans for granted.
Let these “Thank You Coronavirus Helpers” videos we pulled from YouTube provide some inspiration and serve as a sweet reminder to keep looking for someone who could use a little boost right about now. From songs to applause to celebrity tributes, these “Thank You” videos will warm your heart and help us all feel a little more connected while social distancing.
1. Kids’ message from the heart. And trampoline.
An adorable collection of kids offer a chorus of thanks for the “awesome” people working in the trenches. The tike tributes take place in their living rooms, backyards and bedrooms — and in one case while bouncing on an outdoor trampoline.
2. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reads a letter from a farmer.
“It’s that love, that courage, that generosity of spirit that makes this country so beautiful.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reads a letter from a farmer in Kansas who sent him an extra N95 mask he didn’t need for a doctor or nurse who did.
3. New York-Presbyterian Hospital Workers Won’t Stop Believin’
Medical staff at New York-Presbyterian Hospital applauded and played Journey classic “Don’t Stop Believin’” to celebrate COVID-19 patients being discharged—and to celebrate one another triumphing over the pandemic.
4. Lizzo’s Thank You Video
Lizzo surprised staffers at several hospitals with meals and recorded heartfelt videos thanking them for fighting the coronavirus on the frontlines.
5. New Yorkers Getting Loud
New York City residents have been showing their appreciation for healthcare workers nightly: At 7 p.m., people go on their porches, balconies or lean out of their windows to applaud, cheer and sometimes sing to frontline coronavirus fighters.
6. Getting Creative for Coronavirus Helpers
Need something to keep you busy and to thank frontline workers? This soothing drawing tutorial is just the ticket.
7. “Thank U Frontline”
Remember Alanis Morissette‘s classic “Thank U?” This coronavirus cover thanks all the essential workers in the crisis, including some that may surprise you.
8. NYC Hospital Gets a Fiery Response
Local fire departments showed their appreciation for medical staff at NYU Langone Medical Center in the Big Apple.
9. Healthcare Workers Rise Up
This video, set to Andra Day ballad “Rise Up,” shows just some of what healthcare workers deal with in a day.
10. Surprise serenade for one heroic nurse:
Massachusetts nurse is moved to tears — and you will be, too — when two neighbors saddle up to a violin and a cello for an impromptu performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in front of the shocked medical worker’s house.