We have been moved by the heroic efforts of all those on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic on a day to day basis. Whether it is in our hospitals, our health care professionals, first responders, our firefighters, police officers, EMT's. All of their courage and selflessness fills our heart with pride and awe. They have all become real-life heroes. We just want to reach out and give every one of them a hug and thank them. But for practical reasons and social distancing that is not possible. So we thought what would be the best next thing to a hug. How could we make them feel comfortable when they leave the hospital after a hard day? What could we give them that they could also enjoy with their family that we too have been enjoying while we have been quarantined home together? A blanket. A blanket with an inspirational message that symbolizes our warm embrace and also a way of saying thank you. That is how we came up with our idea. What could be better than a comfortable blanket with an American flag and an inspirational message that our heroes could use now or in the future to remember their sacrifice in keeping us safe.
Ari Chananya is a junior at Jericho High School in Long Island, New York. Ari's interests include sports and volunteer work. He is very involved in his community and plans to go to college and one day pursue a career in business.
Isabelle Rosen is a junior in high school at Friends Academy in Long Island, New York. She is passionate about making a difference in her community and is involved in different philanthropic endeavors. She plans to go to college for communications and pursue a career in broadcast journalism.