Teenagers are not often portrayed positively in media, but anyone who works in colleges and schools knows that Gen Z possesses untold empathy and kindness.
The latest group of students to exemplify this did so by clubbing together to send pizzas to hungry NHS staff working at a trust in the North Midlands.
Tina T, an NHS staff member who posted a photo of the delivery on social media, said she was “lost for words at the kindness”.
So this evening we had a delivery of pizzas from an unknown source to critical care at @UHNM_NHS . After some investigation we found out that a group of sixth form students had clubbed together to get them for us. Honestly lost for words at the kindness 💗 thank you pic.twitter.com/071EwLl2Jm— Tina T (@TWaltho) January 13, 2021
The message has gone somewhat viral, too, with over 36,000 likes and over 3,500 retweets.
Coronavirus: Students say thank you to NHS staff with pizza
One Twitter user said: “Aww, what brilliant young people. What a fantastic, kind, thoughtful gesture.”
Aww what brilliant young people.What a fantastic kind thoughtful gesture You know many young people get a label stuck to them ,that they are this and that But NO not all young people are out for trouble or bashing old grannies ect There is lots of thoughtful young'us out there— Jean Jones (@JeanJon38813461) January 13, 2021
The students also inspired others who have been asking how they can do the same.
I’ve wanted to do this for my local hospital but didn’t know how to do it, if I made it for the attention of critical care, would it get there? Any doctors/nurses who can comment on this?!— Becky Dell 💙 (@beckylucydell) January 14, 2021
I’m keen to do this for my local hospital. What is the best time and amount of pizzas do you think?— schmo💙 (@schmo_flo) January 14, 2021
Unfortunately, we don’t know who these mystery students are, although the internet would love to know in order to thank them and their school.
They didn't say sadly, but the take away they were from was in stone so guessing its that way?— Tina T (@TWaltho) January 14, 2021
Perhaps the fact that they want to remain unknown is itself another insight into their character. As the saying goes, a good deed is its own reward.