A Massachusetts nurse working on the frontlines of the coronavirus public health crisis received an uplifting and emotional surprise from her neighbors this month.
The medical professional stepped outside of her home in early April to see two musicians putting on a sidewalk concert in her honor. Equipped with what appears to be a violin and a cello, the neighbors played Leonard Cohen’s classic “Hallelujah.”
In a video of the heartwarming moment, the nurse can be seen walking down her fronts steps and tearing up as her neighbors play their instruments. A large sign behind the musicians, dotted with hearts, read, “THANK YOU.”
“I’m not crying. You’re crying!,” said another resident, who captured the scene on camera. “This is how you thank a nurse.”
The neighbor sent the video of the performance to PBS, and the organization included the sidewalk concert on its online American Portrait initiative, a collection of stories from Americans reacting to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
At the end of the song, the nurse – remaining more than six feet away from her neighbors per medical guidance – thanked the musicians.
“I can’t come near any of you,” she said through tears. “This is unbelievable. Thank you guys so much.”
The act of kindness is one of many as people throughout world have sought to show their appreciation for medical personnel and other essential employees.
Multiple Longmeadow residents left “thank you” signs and snacks for a waste management employee who offered to help run errands for people unable to leave their homes during the pandemic.
Creative Cakes in Worcester donated 150 cake pops last week to nearby hospitals, post office employees and first responders.