Ways To Thank Your Local Heroes
Difficult times like these can bring out the worst in people, but they can also bring out the best. And when things get hard, it can be good for the soul to look at the heroes who fall on the latter end of that spectrum. To help show these individuals that what they do matters, read about ways to thank your local heroes.
Help Their Cause
Local heroes are often those who do the most difficult jobs, whether that’s helping fight fires on the streets, fight illnesses in hospitals, or fight illiteracy in schools. One of the best ways to show them that you appreciate their work is to help their cause. We can’t all tend to the sick or teach children, but we can help buy classroom supplies or donate items to their facilities.
Give a Gift
There are plenty of ways to give a meaningful gift to a local hero. For the veteran living down the street, it can be as simple as a handwritten card or a home-cooked meal. For the tired-looking essential worker behind you in the drive-through, you could pay for their coffee. A gift is a tangible way to tell these people that they are seen. Their careers are often thankless and lonely, but incredibly necessary. You can also send cards to healthcare heroes using Voices by Culture Greetings.
Organize an Event
Your goal is to show your local heroes that they aren’t alone. Why go into the effort by yourself? Get your whole community in on it. Organize a drive-by parade or a community fundraiser. If you own a business, donate proceeds to your local shelter or sponsor days where heroes get discounts. The idea is to say publicly, “CNA, we think you’re important” or “Delivery driver, you make our community better.”
Sometimes the best way to thank a local hero is to just say it. So often, we focus on grand gestures or doing something that costs money. These ideas are valuable. After all, these individuals are spending their time and money on others. But as we mentioned, the goal is to show heroes that they are seen. And sometimes, if you see someone on the street in a uniform, the best thing you can do is look them in the eye and say, “Thank you.”
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