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In times like these, it is so important that we recognize the sacrifice, hard work and dedication of essential workers who are keeping us safe and prepared during this crisis. Medical professionals, grocery store clerks, delivery drivers, mechanics, linemen, banker tellers, news media, city workers, bus drivers and so many more are working everyday to keep our community operational. Below are just a few ways you can take a moment to say thank you.

1. Write a note

Send an encouraging note or drawing to a health hero at volunteerhr.org/healthheroes and share your submission on social media using #757HealthHeroes.

2. Donate a meal

Help the Foodbank provide meals by donating goods at one of their YMCA drop-off sites: Hilltop Family YMCA, Great Bridge/Hickory Family YMCA, Mt. Trashmore Family YMCA, Taylor Bend Family YMCA. Donations can be dropped off Mondays and Thursday from 9 AM to noon. For a shopping list of most needed items, click here. Personal hygiene items are needed as well.

Meal donations are also a great way to thank hospital workers as well as the staff at your doctor’s office, EMTs, police officers, firefighters and grocery clerks.

3. Make a sign for your window or front yard

Make someone’s commute to work brighter by posting a sign in your window or front yard telling frontline workers how much they mean to our community. This is a great project for kids!

4. Be kind

Essential workers who are keeping grocery, convenience and pharmacy stores open see large groups of people every day. When you must shop at one of these stores, be respectful of the people working there. Tell them thank you, wear a protective mask, keep your distance from employees and be kind to team members and other customers. These small acts can help workers feel appreciated and safer at their jobs.

5. Volunteer

Check out in person and virtual volunteer opportunities in our area at volunteerhr.org/coronavirus.

6. Share a message on social media

As we all keep our physical distance, connecting online has become even more important. Using social media is a great way to thank frontline workers. You can tag people you know or send a general message using the hashtags #FrontlineLove, #FrontlineHeroes, #COVIDHeroes or #InThisTogether. On May 5, you can also reshare posts from our Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn channels.

7. Leave items for delivery workers

Delivery workers are putting in long hours and many find it hard to get to the store. Help them by leaving items such as water bottles, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, snacks and other essentials that will get them through their day or save them a trip to the store. Remember to sanitize the items as best as you can and leave instructions so the delivery people do the same. 

8. Email Congress 

Show frontline workers you appreciate their work by helping them get the support they need. During this time of uncertainty and economic crisis, many people, including those still working, need a boost to make ends meet. Vital services like 211, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, and SNAP can provide relief for frontline workers – and others – in need. You can ask your representative to increase funding for these services. Use this form to email your member of Congress.

9. Join a daily salute 

Across the world, many communities are now doing a daily salute to frontline workers by lighting candles, applauding, cheering, howling or sounding horns at a certain time of day. Check neighborhood Facebook groups, posts on Next Door and local newspapers to find one that is happening in your neighborhood. 

10. Stay at home

The most important thing you can do to thank frontline workers is to stay home. When we all stay home, we limit the spread of COVID-19. So limit outings to essential trips to the grocery store, medical appointments, picking up prescriptions, walking pets and helping the vulnerable. When outside, use social distancing to stay at least six feet away from others.

Even though we are apart, we can still LIVE UNITED. Let’s show frontline workers that we are in this together!

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