LIVINGSTON, NJ — In recognition of National Doctor’s Day on March 30, a group of Livingston High School (LHS) students sent 50 gift bags to Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) to show their appreciation to the hard-working and courageous frontline medical staff.

Inspired by President Joseph Biden’s Thanksgiving address—where he remarked that there was much to be grateful for in 2020, such as “frontline workers who have been working relentlessly throughout the pandemic”—LHS student Edith Yuan recruited her friends, Yuyang Xiao, Jake Tang, Ethan Xiao and Alicia Li to help her convey gratitude toward local healthcare professionals.

“My heart aches when I see pictures of healthcare workers having distinct mask marks on their faces,” said Yuan, who noted that the group collaborated to write appreciation cards, make heart-shaped origami and purchase vitamin-like ball pens in order to create unique care packages that were sent to SBMC workers.

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Yuyang Xiao emphasized that she and her friends “wanted to let frontline workers know how much [they] appreciate their efforts and care for others.”

“I felt very happy because our actions could bring warmth to them,” she said. “I hope that when they read our letters, they will feel how important they are, and know that their contributions are highly appreciated.” 

Li, a Livingston alumna, added that frontline workers have inspired her to study and to “embark in the medical field someday too.”

The group thanked all healthcare professionals and frontline workers, stating that they are “national heroes.”

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