The stay-at-home approach to fight
Coronavirus has shone a bright spotlight on the value of essential workers. We
would not be able to get through this pandemic without dedication from grocery
store employees, delivery personnel, city employees and—of course—emergency and
health care workers like Direct Support Professionals. These people do not have
the luxury of working from home to deliver their essential goods and services.
Our dependence on one-another
has never been more apparent. Families of people with intellectual and
developmental disabilities can appreciate this reality more than most due to
their regular dependence on others for critical services.
Now is time to make an extra
effort to thank those who we have depended on for so much during this
Ways of showing gratitude
Showing gratitude is simple, easy and inexpensive. Regardless
of the way you may choose to express it, it is even more special if your loved
one helps in the creation and/or virtual delivery of the gesture. Here are ten
options to consider:
a thank-you card. There’s nothing more personal than taking a
few minutes to express sincerity in a thank-you card.*
a sign. It doesn’t have to be a fancy yard sign to catch
attention. A simple, colorful sign in your window is a great way to show
appreciation. You can also take a photo of your sign and use social media to
reach a broader audience.
- Make sidewalk
and driveway chalk messages. This colorful approach is a nice way to
generate a smile for visitors and those walking by your home. Share your chalk
and stimulate neighbors to do the same.
your gratitude. If you are pleased with someone’s efforts,
tell the organization they represent. Some organizations have formal
recognition programs that will turn your well wish into much more. If you’d
like to recognize one of Bethesda’s heroes, click here to help us lift our
heroes on high.
- Gift a
handmade picture or art project. Put your home craft projects
to work by sharing them with the many essential workers in your loved one’s life.
- Give –
Non-profits need your help more than ever to address unforeseen costs due to
COVID-19. You can often donate outright or in the name of an essential worker
you would like to recognize. Click
here to donate to Bethesda and help us continue giving the best care
possible to the people we support.
Personal Protection Equipment. Nearly all essential organizations need personal protection equipment (PPE).
Many local agencies will accept your extra equipment, and if sewing is one of
your talents, you can provide masks to essential workers independently or
through an organization such as Face Mask Warriors.
- Send a
fun e-card. Send a digital smile! Click
here to submit an e-card to a person that Bethesda supports, your
loved one can help pick out the image and craft a message with meaning that
will brighten anyone’s day.
while being safe. There are still plenty of opportunities to
get involved while remaining safe. Click
here to find some ways that you can help Bethesda
during this critical time.
your generosity to your delivery driver and take-out restaurant worker when
finalizing your online order.
Our world may look and feel a little different these days, but it is refreshing to see the power of what we can accomplish together. We will get through this together!
*Bethesda will happily distribute cards to the brave DSPs working in our homes if you’d like to thank one of these awesome heroes. You can send cards to: Bethesda Volunteer Services, 1615 Vance Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46805