We know that it’s hard to watch the news these days. COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, has changed life in the United States and around the world, seemingly overnight. Many are ill, many have died, and many others are suffering from the economic and emotional ripple effects of this pandemic.
It can feel overwhelming, but it’s so important for us to remember that there are people working around the clock to keep us safe and healthy. This crisis, like all crises, will eventually come to an end, thanks to their dedication, creativity, and sacrifice.
We at Cell Phones For Soldiers are filled with gratitude for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight.
Thank you to the doctors, nurses, techs, aides, paramedics, EMTs, home-health professionals, social workers, and nursing home employees who are working nonstop to treat patients despite the great personal risk. Thank you to the scientists working toward medical solutions.
Thank you to our armed forces, who have been called to respond to a new kind of battle, establishing temporary medical sites and keeping the peace while staying focused on their mission to protect the United States.
Thank you to the first responders keeping our cities and towns safe. Thank you to the social-service workers who care for our homeless and most vulnerable populations.
Thank you to the educators who have adapted their practices so that learning can continue uninterrupted, even as classrooms have been closed. Thank you to the food-service workers and volunteers who have made sure children who rely upon school breakfast and lunch will not go hungry.
Thank you to the grocery and pharmacy workers, suppliers, delivery drivers, restaurant employees, and everyone working to make sure families have what they need.
Thank you to the custodians, janitors, and sanitation workers keeping spaces clean.
And thank you to you, your family, and your loved ones for making the necessary sacrifices and taking proper precautions so that we can emerge from this historic challenge safely. Please follow closely the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization throughout this coronavirus crisis.
If you are able, please stay home and strictly limit your contact with others until it is safe to return to our normal lives. Take advantage of technology to maintain your relationships with the important people in your life.
As for us, we’re still here. Even if our local donation sites are unavailable at the moment, you can still send us donations to keep our mission going strong.
Cell Phones For Soldiers has always worked to connect people across physical distance, so we understand how critical it is to stay in touch with the people you love in times of stress and uncertainty. Our mission feels as meaningful today as it was when we started 16 years ago.
We will get through this.