Not the holiday any of us hoped for, but we will get through this

Gina Easter

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Governor Raimondo released a recorded video message to Rhode Islanders for the Easter holiday.

She talked about how this is not the holiday any of us hoped for, but encouraged Rhode Islanders to be creative and celebrate differently this year.

Holiday traditions are extremely important to many families and she realizes that not celebrating like normal with family and friends and going to church services has had a strong impact on many.

The governor hopes that families will develop new traditions as Easter is a time for hope, life, and new beginnings.

Raimondo stated, “I have the hope and confidence that we all will get through this together and be better on the other side of things.”

All frontline workers in the healthcare industry, grocery store workers, manufacturers, truck drivers and bus drivers and many more were thanked for their bravery and commitment in fighting against the coronavirus.

In addition, local faith leaders were also thanked for their continued support.

The governor received a letter from faith leaders in the recent days and read from that letter how sharing simple acts of kindness including staying at home are so very important right now.

With the simple act of staying at home we are saving our own lives and the lives of others.

The mental health of residents was also discussed as many are feeling anxious, depressed and have a great sense of uncertainty right now.

It is encouraged for anyone overwhelmed with these feelings to seek professional help.

In addition, it is important to keep in contact with our friends and relatives and to talk to someone each and every day.

Lastly, Raimondo’s husband, Andrew Moffit who joined her for her message talked about how Rhode Island has seen a 560% increase in the use of nextdoor.com.

Raimondo will continue her daily press conferences again on Monday.

Watch the governor’s Easter address here.

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