Doctors and nurses at Coney Island Hospital got a much needed boost on Thursday night from Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray and a large contingent of first responders during the nightly 7 pm cheer for workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Members of the American Red Cross, the Robin Hood Foundation and representatives of Aramark — a provider of food services and uniforms — joined de Blasio and McCray to distribute 600 donated care packages of food and personal care products to healthcare workers, who lined up in their PPE to receive the them.
Police cars from the 60th Precinct and 20 firetrucks blared their sirens around the hospital in honor of the Coney Island Hospital staff’s dedication during the 7 pm cheer — a now-regular ritual outside of medical facilities across the country during the current crisis. Many New Yorkers are also cheering from their home windows nightly.
De Blasio, who said he’d wanted to bring a little cheer to the hospital, also announced at the give-back that the southern Brooklyn hospital would be getting a $20 million dollar donation to expand services to the community.
This story first appeared on amny.com.