The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance on CNN and praised the ‘quiet heroes’ of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meghan Markle, who now lives in the US after she and her husband Prince Harry left the UK, celebrated people who have helped those in need during the pandemic.
“In a year that has been universally challenging for everyone, I’m inspired by the stories of compassion in our communities,” Meghan said.
“Across the country, people have put their own needs aside to come together and support the collective well-being of those around them.
“Back in March, the Covid-19 crisis hit hard, and overnight everything seemed to change.
“For many families, the impact of the pandemic has been catastrophic, and far too many were faced with the heartbreaking question. ‘How am I going to put food on the table for my family?’
“But in the face of this devastating reality, we also saw the power of the human spirit and the remarkable ways that communities respond in challenging times.”
She continued: “We saw the good in people, in our neighbors and in entire communities coming together to say they would not stand by while our neighbors went hungry.
“We saw communities standing up and taking action. When kids’ lunch programs came to a halt, we saw our neighbors make sure that those children received the nutrition they need.
“And when those who are immunocompromised or most vulnerable couldn’t leave their homes, we, as a community, showed up to deliver the food they needed to their doorsteps.”
She added: “We know the value of food; as nourishment, as a life source, and in the moments of crisis, the warmth of a meal can feel as comforting as a much-needed hug, especially in the absence of human contact due to the social distancing we’re all experiencing.
“Tonight, we are celebrating these quiet heroes, some of whom I know and others that we applaud from afar.
“They made sure those around them did not have to suffer in isolation. They nourished their neighbors in more ways than one.
— CNN Heroes (@CNNHeroes) December 14, 2020
“And they showed us, all of us, that even in the darkest times, when we come together, we have the power to remind someone else that there is hope, and that we will be okay.”
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