Alicia Keys seems to be committed to doing as much good in the world as possible. The superstar singer teamed up with Amazon Home to give back to a Los Angeles-based special education teacher who experienced some major losses during the pandemic. Susanna, who specializes in working with autistic students, lost five family members to COVID-19 and yet contained virtual teaching along with raising her two children. For the past four years, her house has been in need of reconstruction so Keys stepped in to surprise her with help.
"Everything is so surreal with Alicia Keys," Susanna told Amazon. "[She's] someone that I would listen to — she's been my hero.” In addition to the makeover, Amazon will also be making donations to Keep a Child Alive, Your Mom Cares, Breathe with Me Revolution, and Until Freedom in honor of Susanna and her family. Keys is involved with two of the organizations, and says they're all close to her heart.
"Because of the pandemic, I empathize so much with how much teachers have been through," Keys said. "Susanna lost some very special family members...and still made herself available to her students because she knew what a challenging time it must have been for them. I really love that I get to help someone who has devoted so much of their life to helping others.”
So many people lost so much over the last year due to the pandemic and, for a majority of them, life will never be the same. It is going to take a community effort for all of us to get our lives back on track so it’s lovely to see moments like this happening for those who need it the most.