Today is National Nurses Day, a day that always deserves to be celebrated, but carries extra significance and meaning as nurses continue to serve on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, when the tireless efforts and dedication of nurses will be spotlighted. Individuals and businesses will show their support and appreciation, whether it’s through a charitable contribution or donating food and drink—Italian-restaurant chain Buca di Beppo is distributing 10,000 meals, while Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are offering free coffee to nurses throughout. During today’s daily briefing, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also shed light on JetBlue’s contribution: the airline is donating pairs of roundtrip flight certificates for 10,000 health-care workers at the Mount Sinai Health System.
As for what you can do? Donate to Direct Relief to help equip nurses across the globe with masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment, or other nonprofit organizations like World Central Kitchen, which pays restaurants to prepare meals for health-care workers.
National Nurses Week ends on May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, a nurse who famously cultivated “modern” techniques as well as fought to raise education and work-environment standards for nurses. “Let us never consider ourselves finished, nurses,” Nightingale once said. “We must be learning all of our lives.”
From Valerie Jarrett’s Nightingale tribute to Governor Cuomo’s message of praise and thanks, here are the most heartwarming and inspiring tweets for National Nurses Day.
Originally Appeared on Vogue