A dog is helping bring joy to healthcare workers on the front-line of the Covid-19 pandemic! Featured in PEOPLE, Caroline Benzel and her dog Loki shared their plan for helping their community get through a tough time.

Loki, who is also a therapy dog, was dressed up in a lab coat and had a “Dogtor” tag to complete his look. And what did the “Dogtor” deliver? “Hero healing kits!” “[Personal protective equipment] can be really rough on the skin,” Benzel, shared with PEOPLE.

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The kits included moisturizers, granola bars, lip balm, and self-care items. And the nurses at the University of Maryland Medical Center who received them were thrilled! The good deeds quickly went viral on social media, where Loki, a rottweiler, is the star of the show.

 

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“It’s really cute to watch them sit on the floor, compare their goodies, and exchange different things,” Benzel says. “It really brightens their day.” And now almost $100,000 has been raised to deliver kits in other states. Benzel, a third-year medical student, is delivering those kits to volunteers in states including California, Minnesota, and New Jersey.

Right now, the plan is to continue the kits through the pandemic. “It’s totally worth it, I would go without sleep to make sure that these kits go out because it’s I think it’s important to show our healthcare workers support,” Benzel says.

Read about more heroes in One Green Planet, including the man that fostered over 100 dogs in the pandemic and the duo raising money for rescue animals with adventures.

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