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Doctor from Northport starts COVID Angel Project to help lift coworkers’ spirits

Dr. Charlotte Rhee dubbed it the COVID Angel Project - an act of kindness that started after she volunteered during the first surge at Huntington Hospital and witnessed the sacrifices made by those in scrubs.

News 12 Staff

Dec 23, 2020, 1:15 PM

Updated 1,277 days ago

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A doctor from Northport is giving our heroic health care workers a blessed gift to help lift their spirits during these challenging times.
They are the warriors on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic at Huntington Hospital and their battle to save lives against a deadly virus is both physically and emotionally draining.
However , Dr. Charlotte Rhee is joining the fight to help her comrades by crafting a unique prescription to put a smile on every health care hero's face.
“I started making COVID angels, and it's to thank the front-line workers at the hospital,” says Dr. Rhee.
Dr. Rhee dubbed it the COVID Angel Project - an act of kindness that started after she volunteered during the first surge at Huntington Hospital and witnessed the sacrifices made by those in scrubs.
“I wanted to kind of give them something to show my appreciation for all their hard work and also something that would keep them safe and that's how I came up with the idea for the angels,” says Dr. Rhee.
Every day Dr. Rhee turns her office into an assembly line of love - beads, wires and clips woven with dose of compassion to create every jeweled angel.
The doctor's 85-year-old mother, Therese, is in charge of packaging. Before the angels fly to the health care workers at the hospital, a chaplain blesses them.
What started with a handful of angels has now turned into more than 1,000, and with the second surge underway, the COVID Angel Project has been expanded to include patients as recipients.
To the people who receive them, it means the world.
“I think it's a beautiful gift, a beautiful symbol of hope and comfort, especially during these difficult times,” says Nurse Angela Roberts, Huntington Hospital.


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