As the global pandemic continues to spread across the United States, Americans across the country are feeling anxiety and concern as they largely are remaining in their homes in an attempt to slow the spread of the deadly virus.
As a result, many Americans could relate when Today anchor Hoda Kotb broke down while interviewing New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees about his $5 million donation to help curb food shortages in New Orleans at a time when grocery stores are left bare.
Kotb lived in New Orleans for years, where she anchored for the local station WWL in the 90s, so the city—which is currently facing a deeply concerning spike in cases—has a special place in her heart.
That heart was understandably on her sleeve when her segment with Brees ended.
Kotb said to Brees:
"I also think a lot of things are contagious, including generosity, so our hope is that because you let us know this big, generous donation, I think other people look and say, 'Maybe I can help out too.' Drew, we love ya."
Brees reciprocated the love before signing off and Kotb shuffled her papers before beginning to weep, repeatedly apologizing.
Co-host Savannah Guthrie:
"Oh, Hoda. I know. It's a lot. Hoda, I'm so sorry, hon...I know where your heart is, my dear, I do."
Others knew where her heart was too, and commended her for her empathy and emotional transparency.
People easily related to Hoda in that moment.
Resources for taking care of your mental health in the face of this pandemic can be found here.