WESTFIELD, NJ — The town is spreading the word about a hand-written note posted to social media urging residents to stand outside Saturday night and clap for health care workers putting their lives on the line amid the coronavirus crisis.
The note, whose author is unknown, reads:
“Following the examples of Italy and Spain, we invite you to come out of your houses, just to the front door or driveway, this coming Saturday, March 21st, at 8:00 p.m. to clap for 5 minutes as a way to say THANK YOU to all the health professionals and workers who are putting their lives at risk to save others.
“Our daughter Laura is a nurse practitioner at St. Barnabas. Due to her high risk of being infected, she is living in the basement, totally isolated from us, her husband and their 15-month-old son.
“Please forward this to family, friends in Westfield so they can join in.
“Thank you and stay healthy.”
The town of Westfield shared the note on its Facebook page Saturday afternoon.
“8 p.m. TONIGHT! Let's show our support for the medical community on the front lines of this crisis,” the post reads. “This note has been circulating throughout Town today, and just made its way to us — we'd love your help to spread the word across Westfield to join this effort, which has been done in many communities feeling the impact of COVID-19.
“See you outside at 8 (at least six feet away from others)!”