A BEACON OF HOPE

Without a doubt, these are unprecedented times. And, if you’re not grounded enough, you can feel frazzled and become bewildered. We all feel like things are out of our control. An unseen enemy has altered our lives considerably. It has caused huge unemployment, closure of businesses, a huge dent in pocket books and a new normal in all our lives. As a result, based on research, the mental health of many has been compromised.

In particular, those healthcare workers like doctors, nurses, EMT workers, firefighters. nurses, doctors and other frontline workers have been hit tremendously with the Covid virus and its side-effects. Quite a number of these personnel have lost their lives or have left with some form of mental health issue. They are the ones who render care to us and our loved ones without sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE).

Hearing the stories and seeing all the images on the news and social media can leave us all despondent and hopeless. We wonder what we can do. And yes, though it seems dark and hopeless, though the problems seem insurmountable, we can get involved and do something. Research has shown that when you get involved in helping others, you in turn can ward off or lessen depression and other mental maladies.

As the good book says, “And I child shall lead.” A high school student by the name of Amir Chambers from Washington D.C. saw the need and stepped up. He could have been busy making Tik Tok videos and playing video games with his peers and just being a typical teen; however, he stepped up to the plate by forming and creating a non-profit organization called Helping Healers.

Helping Healers was founded by Amir for the primary need of assisting the mental health of first responders during the coronavirus outbreak. He expressed eloquently his need to aid in managing the stress level during the pandemic. And, organizations and people have heard. Thus, they have stepped up and donated funds for Helping Healers.

100% of the funds are used for the purchase of bag packs comprising of blankets, meditation journals, candles, stress balls, etc. These items are pivotal in assisting in the stress level of these essential workers. Amir has single-handedly packed these items and distributed them to these invaluable frontline workers.

It just takes one. Amir was devastated and went into a dark place when he heard of the lost of lives due to the pandemic. Moreover, he saw and read about the first responders’ pain and decided to do something. Like Amir, we all can do something in our way. We can alleviate the stress in our lives by doing something for others who require help during this time of uncertainty.

In the darkness, there’s always a glimmer of light. If Amir a 17 year high school lad can step up to the plate and perform such humanitarian act, then, all of us can do our part in our own way. It gives us hope for the future and subsequently makes our hearts skip with joy.

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