Here’s a idea that tells a First Responder thank you in a way that makes a difference for the whole city.
Most Fire and Police Stations have help that come in to keep the grounds cleaned and spruced up. Often though, since it’s not a daily service, litter appears here and there and a few weeds might get missed. Another Thank You idea for First Responders in your area is to stop by and pick up any litter, pull those few weeds, sweep walkways, and anything else that might help keep things spiffy.

Get businesses involved in saying Thank You!
Thank you cards or gift baskets can be filled with goodies donated by local businesses. Stop by and ask if they’d like to help show appreciation to the First Responders in your area. Gift cards from local coffee shops, plants and flowers from the gardening center or nurseries, free car washes in a basket full of car care products, coupons for discounts on services, samples of goods…..
The list of possibilities and the creative things you can do with them are endless! Not only is it very good advertizing for these businesses, it delivers a nice Thank you as well!

Publicly praising someone who performs a service for you is a great way to say Thank You!
A small “advertisement” in the local paper, in newsletters for local organizations, or even in the program for a theater performance really makes a statement. A message of appreciation on the Internet, a letter to the editor of the local paper, even a Thank You note pinned up on bulletin boards in public places are a wonderful way to say Thank You to the First Responders in your community!

Here’s an idea for those that are short on their 15 minutes of fame… Sing a song, create a short skit, deliver a speech, or even tell some good jokes. Then – film it! Upload it and send the link to every First Responder out there! Your Thank You video can also be shared on Facebook and other social media places as well! This will be something they can hit the replay button over and over again! ;-)

The media LOVES a story like this! Call them, email them, submit a breaking news alert on their web sites. Let them know when and where you plan to be, what you plan to do there and WHY. Then get back to planning your Thank You card delivery, fine tune the details of the meal you plan to cook for them, put bows on the treat bags, and so on. You might be surprised when delivery day comes. A local TV news station or a reporter for a local paper might meet you there! Not only will more people hear about what we are doing, you might get a few minutes of fame out of it!

Ideas for what you can do to show your appreciation to First Responders are all over the place! If you need some inspiration, do an internet search on “Do a good turn daily”, “Random acts of kindness” or “Pay it forward”. You’ll net tons of ideas!
There are many, many people in our lives that deserve our appreciation on a daily basis, and these searches will inspire saying Thank You to everyone in our lives.
Saying Thank You to First Responders is the name of the game that can start all the fun! ;-)

National Thank You Day common questions answered here……

Common question #1: Do we need to wait until May 19th to do something that says “Thanks”?
Short answer: No!

Common question #2: What if I missed May 19th, do I need to wait until next year?
Short answer: No!

Short answer expanded: Showing appreciation to First Responders should be something we do on a daily basis. Just like we need to show our gratitude to everyone in the Military every time we see them, and we need to tell our Mothers how much we love them as often as we can, and we should let teachers know how much they are appreciated often throughout each year, we need a specific day or week that’s designated to remind us to do so.
We have specific days set aside to remind us to honor, respect, appreciate and celebrate almost everyone out there.

May 19th is only one day that we set aside to remind us that every First Responder out there deserves our appreciation every day. Saying Thank You on or around, May 19th is exactly the habit we intend to start across the Nation.


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