Facebook group aims to show appreciation for Gulf Coast healthcare workers

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Wednesday is National Nurses Day, which kicks off National Nurses Week.

Some along the Gulf Coast are taking to social media to show extra love and appreciation to those who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Thank you to all of our nurses! You guys are super heroes,” said Addie Kimbell, who started the group.

The Adopt a Nurse Facebook group is doing what they can to recognize nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers, to show them how much they mean to the community.

“These nurses are risking their lives every day to save our lives. What can we do on a large scale to show them our appreciation,” said Kimbell.

So, she decided to create a Facebook group, for people to “adopt” nurses and other healthcare providers, to pamper them a little extra.

“Everyday, they are risking their lives, for us,” said Kimbell.

It is a project close to her heart, her sister is an RN at Mobile Infirmary.

“She comes home and tells me all that they go through as a nurse. She actually works on the COVID-19 floor at the hospital,” said Kimbell.

Here’s how it works: Healthcare workers are posted on the page, along with a small questionnaire about what they like. Another member of the group can then “adopt” them, and send them a small gift as a token of their appreciation.

Kimbell says she was looking for a way to show appreciation and got the idea after seeing a similar group for teachers.

“This is what we can do for our nurses to show them that we really appreciate them risking their lives for us every single day. And they go through a lot. And we want to be able to say ‘hey, we appreciate you,'” said Kimbell.

Kimbell says she will continue this until all of the workers on the page are adopted.

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