“I’ve never seen anything like it in 30+ years,” says Anthony Burchard, president of the Virginia Hospital Center Foundation.”

By June 1, Arlington County had seen more than 375 hospitalizations and 116 deaths from Covid-19.

Understanding the burden being shouldered by health care workers, the community rallied around Virginia Hospital Center. Kids sent hand-painted rocks for the hospital’s Healing Garden. Families posted signs of gratitude on light posts surrounding the medical campus.

In-kind donations—fielded through a military-style command center at the hospital—included thousands of masks, gloves, gowns, caps, shoe covers, 3D-printed face shields, hand sanitizer, hand cream and more.