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iN VIDEO: Residents drive by Kelowna hospital with signs to show support for health workers

The white heart symbolizes hope and support for front-line health care workers fighting COVID-19.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/ Amanda Walker
March 25, 2020 - 11:45 AM

People around the world are finding ways to show their support for front-line health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and Kelowna has officially joined ranks.

While residents in Vancouver are gathering on balconies and giving workers a round of applause every day at 7 p.m. when workers change shifts, Kelowna locals have to make a little more effort.

Kelowna General Hospital nurse Karina Krivulina posted this video to Facebook, showing cars driving past the hospital, with vehicle occupants holding up signs of support. She and many fellow nurses gathered at the front windows to watch the procession.

"It brought tears to our eyes instantly as we all waved at them," said Krivulina. "It made us feel supported, proud and gave us strength to think 'it’ll be okay' because we have the support of the community...It brought us together as we laughed at each other for crying, and simply made our week."

Some Kelowna residents are planning on honking their horns and displaying white hearts and signs during the 8 p.m. shift change at KGH. 

KGH has created the White Heart Project, a campaign to show appreciation for health care workers. 

"By sending your words of gratitude using the form below, downloading and displaying our signature White Heart on your door, or simply sharing our social media posts, you are showing our doctors, nurses and all who work in healthcare how grateful we all are," stated the KGH Foundation White Heart Project website.

The trend is taking off and gaining tracking around the community, and on social media with the tag #whiteheartproject.


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