Local Organizations Sending Love to Healthcare Workers

"It's the least we can do for all of the sacrifices they have made."

Brendan Keany
April 07, 2020 - 4:23 pm
Super Hero Alliance of WNY

(WBEN Photo/Brendan Keany)

BUFFALO (WBEN) - A feel-good story amidst a lot of negative news.

On Tuesday afternoon, members of the Super Hero Alliance of WNY and Mental Health Advocates of WNY gathered at ECMC to show support for frontline workers.

"Today, we thought we'd honor our health heroes, all of the staff over here at ECMC," said Sherri Lyn Litz, public relations director for Super Hero Alliance of WNY. "We're honoring them today and every day for all of the work that they've been doing to our Western New York community healthy and safe."

Listen to Litz's full comments below:

Super Hero Alliance of WNY

Super Hero Alliance of WNY

Super Hero Alliance of WNY

Super Hero Alliance of WNY

"We're here to really salute true super heroes - people who don't put on a costume and play super hero, but people who show up and work in 12-hour shifts - working 12 hours on and 12 hours off," said MHA Executive Director Ken Houseknecht. "They're putting themselves on the frontlines of danger to take care of all of us, and they really are super heroes."

Litz says that showing gratitude and positivity is important, especially in a time like this.

"It's the least we can do for all of the sacrifices they have made on a daily basis to just show our gratitude through this difficult time," she said. "It's the very least we can do to just show that they are our super heroes, not the other way around."

While showing up at ECMC to honk horns and hold up signs is a nice gesture, Houseknecht believes the community should go above and beyond for healthcare workers.

"This is one thing we should do, but among the other things that we can do is we can take meals to these people; if they need child care, we can try to help them out; if they need yard work done, we can go and do yard work for them," he said. "They're 12 hours on and 12 hours off...it's intense stress.

"This is a high stress job under the best of circumstances, then add this layer on top of that - it puts a lot of pressure on people," Houseknecht continued. "Mark Twain one time said, 'I can go for three weeks on a good compliment.' So here we are just trying to let people know how we, the community, feel about them - we appreciate them, and anything we can do to bolster their mental well-being, we're here to help."

Listen to Houseknecht's full comments below:

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