Police officers, firefighters and paramedics are first responders who live and work in our communities. These individuals put themselves on the front lines of traumatic events to save the lives of others.
First responders are trained to assist with all types of situations, and that includes senior care. Not only do firefighters and paramedics know how to help seniors who are sick, injured or confused, but also they are now receiving training on how to respond to Alzheimer’s wandering, Alzheimer’s abuse and neglect and Alzheimer’s disaster response.
Our first responders really are wonderful, and it can make all the difference in the world to remind them of how much they are appreciated! Here are a few of the ways that you can thank the first responders in your community!
Bring Them a Meal
Everyone loves a freshly cooked meal, especially when working long hours. First responders often work long, stressful and erratic schedules, and many miss meals with their families. By bringing them a meal, you can thank the first responder team in person. If you don’t like to cook, order sandwiches or a pizza instead.
Send Thank You Cards
With the convenience of digital communication, many people have tossed out the idea of sending physical letters. But there is something satisfying about having a handwritten letter or thank you card in your hand versus something automated online.
Consider gathering several letters from others in your community, such as your child’s classroom, a book club or PTO committee, thanking the first responders in your area for their hard work and dedication.
Donate to a Charity
A number of charity drives in your area go toward supporting your police and fire departments. Find out how you can donate, and if there are any fundraising events coming up. If you don’t have money to donate, that’s okay, too. There are typically other ways to donate that are complete free, such as volunteering your time, organizing events and sending out information to others.
Have a Gift Basket Delivered
Another nice way to show your gratitude is by sending a gift basket. Ask around to see if others would like to chip in to lower the cost. There are many types of gift baskets available such as fruit baskets, cookie baskets and wine and cheese baskets. You can also include gift cards for a movie or dinner if you choose.
First responders don’t need anything more than a thank you, so the next time you see one out, be sure to stop and do that. But if you’re ever looking to do a little extra, try one of the ideas above. It surely won’t go unnoticed!