Jennifer Lopez and other celebrities thank healthcare workers in NY

I wrote about the moving salutes that firefighters have been showing to healthcare workers around the country. Celebrities have been hosting fundraising concerts and making and encouraging donations to relief efforts that support individuals whose lives have been turned upside-down during the pandemic. People has a nice article about what celebrities who live in New York are doing to thank healthcare workers:

These famous New York City natives are showing support for their hometown.

To honor those Big Apple front line workers risking their lives amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Jennifer Lopez, Robert De Niro and Kerry Washington dedicated heartfelt messages to NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital’s more than 47,000 employees — thanking them for their “heroic” services.

“Hi everyone! I just want to thank all of the hospital workers, the doctors, nurses and staff at NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital for fighting the good fight,” Lopez, who grew up in the Bronx, began her message. “Your heroic efforts have not gone unnoticed.”

She added, “We love you, we thank you, and stay safe.”

For his message of gratitude, De Niro, 76, started out by saying that he is “a New Yorker just like you,” noting that “the only difference is, you are all heroes.”

“Your commitment, courage, selflessness and passionate care for your fellow citizens has gone above and beyond the call of duty,” said the Irishman actor. “… I am just overwhelmed with appreciation and respect for the work you’re doing. You really are my heroes; you’re heroes to all of us.”

De Niro continued: “With little thought for yourselves, you’re heroically throwing yourselves into the front lines of saving lives, saving our city [and] saving our society. God bless you all, please stay safe and, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.”

Washington, 43, who also grew up in the Bronx, sent a video message to the hospital, encouraging those who can donate to help out the medical professionals as they work to treat people during the global health crisis.

“New York may be the epicenter of the virus, but it is also the epicenter of front line heroes fighting to save lives,” the Little Fires Everywhere star said in the clip. “… Please acknowledge the front line heroes in your life. Who do you want to express gratitude for?”

[From People]

These tributes (below) are incredibly moving. New York is the epicenter of the U.S.’s outbreak. As of Thursday morning, there have been 213,779 confirmed cases and 11,586 deaths in the state, a depressing jump of over 11,000 new cases and 752 deaths since yesterday. Remember that these are only the confirmed cases, the actual number is surely so much higher. I’m reminded that I saw a petition going around Facebook to honor healthcare workers with a ticker-tape parade (when it’s safe to do so) in the Canyon of Heroes, which is a section of Broadway in New York from The Battery at the southern end of Manhattan up to City Hall. The names of honorees and the dates of their visits are installed in the sidewalk, and while many are visiting heads of state and sports teams, others, including those who have served in the armed forces, have been honored, so it would be completely appropriate to add healthcare workers to their ranks.

Here are some other great tributes from celebrities to the staff at NewYork–Presbyterian:

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  1. My3cents says:

    Yeah , Jenny from the block kind of lost my respect when she pulled that gym stunt earlier.

    • theothercleo says:

      Exactly, this is the same woman who couldn’t exercise at her multimillions dollars home two weeks ago because…well,no paps pictures I guess? And now she cares so much about healthcare workers? I’m sorry but what I get from that is that she’ll do anything for attention.

    • Seraphina says:

      Jenny from the block is just a moniker for us to believe she is just like us.

  2. LouBear says:

    I want to see the receipts on how much these celebrities are donating tbh

  3. Sean says:

    I have several family members and friends who work in healthcare. Several have told me they find the clapping and tributes, etc to be cringe-inducing. They’ve told me they don’t like being glorified for literally just doing their job and feel it’s all a bit empty.

    • Léna says:

      Same! My parents (mom, dad and step mom) all work in the hospital, my step mom even in the COVID unit. Every day in France at 8pm people clap for healthcare workers. We just change the channel and laugh, but coming from regular people, I mean, it’s fine. From multimillionaires or billionnaires ? Just GTFO, just because you’re a celebrity, your words are not going to make anyone feel better after fighting for people’s life and doing 24h shifts

  4. Michael says:

    Go away J-Lo

  5. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    A tad late. Work(out) from home, J.

  6. Valerie says:

    J-Lo at the helm, lol. That’s rich.