A caravan of community members paraded through the streets surrounding the East Baltimore campus of Johns Hopkins Thursday in a rally to support health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Organized by a group of community members through neighborhood listservs and social media, the parade included roughly 40 cars packed with mask-clad families honking, cheering, and shouting their support for health care workers.
"I felt guilty that staying at home wasn't enough to show how grateful I was to all the employees of Hopkins (and all hospitals) for supporting our community by putting themselves at risk, putting in crazy hours with back-to-back shifts, not being able to see their family and loved ones," says co-organizer Kathy Knott. "[We want health care workers to know] we are grateful for the work you are doing and know that you are overwhelmed, overworked, and scared. You are the front lines that are there to hold the hands of our loved ones and get them, and their families, through this challenging time while putting your own lives on hold."
She adds: "The fact that this happened to align with National Nurses Week is a complete bonus!"