It’s been over a week since the nurses at Jefferson University Hospital took the internet by storm for their take on the Ciara’s ‘Level Up’ challenge. The video, which went viral, was viewed millions of times and by some of the most famous celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Janet Jackson. When the nurses shared the video, they couldn’t have anticipated the response that would come from it, like a surprise from Ellen!
Ellen is known for showcasing heart-warming stories on her talk show and this week, she shared the story of the Jefferson nurses, which is being aired from her home due to the Coronavirus. The Swab Squad, the name that the group of nurses calls themselves, were able to video chat with Ellen to talk about their work and how the coronavirus is affecting them. Site Coordinator for Drive-Thru Testing, Jeff, described the excitement of Ciara noticing their video, saying, “Ciara reposting [the video] was absolutely unbelievable. One of the MAs told us that Ciara reposting the video and we just lost our minds!” The support from people social media, Jeff noted, has been uplifting their spirits during this scary time.
Shortly after, Ellen showed the Swab Squad a special message from Ciara herself, in which she sincerely expressed her appreciation to the nurses for their positivity and strength, saying, “You are giving the world joy in a time when we need it by dancing and leveling up!” Ciara’s husband, NFL Quarterback Russell Wilson, then enters the frame to hype up the nurses and says, “You guys keep leveling up, keep doing your thing, keep making a difference! I’m grateful for you all.”
As a token of her appreciation, Ellen surprised the group of nurses with an invitation to one of her 12 days of Christmas shows, which is famous for its generous and pricey gifts given to all audience members. Additionally, Shutterfly, which collaborates with Ellen frequently, donated $50,000 to the COVID-19 Better Together Relief Fund by Jefferson University Hospital. The fund was established to provide assistance to employees facing financial hardships. With 22 days left, the fund has raised $4,598,173!
Thank you to the Swab Squad and all of the healthcare workers throughout Philadelphia for your tireless, fearless, and dedicated work to keep us safe.