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A few words of encouragement

As a student at Ohio State, Reba Riley Moyer ’05 found her voice as a writer and learned about the power words can have in making a difference in someone’s life. Today, she’s using that voice to uplift health care workers coping with the stress of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Moyer’s text messaging platform encouragingtexts.com is delivering inspirational text messages to doctors, nurses and other front-line workers responsible for helping those sick with COVID-19 recover. Her project started with personal encouraging texts she sent to health care workers at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, where she serves as a volunteer chaplain. She later partnered with platform EZ Texting to create a program that now encompasses more than 100,000 messages and inspiration delivered across the country.

“(Health care workers) can feel very isolated by their experience,” said Moyer, who was a columnist for The Lantern during her time as an undergraduate at Ohio State. “It is intense and fatiguing and they are giving so much. I wanted to give something to the people who are giving the care."

Matt Stoessner

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Jay Hansen

Jay Hansen is the director of brand journalism in University Marketing at Ohio State.