Oct. 28, is National First Responder Day! Live and Learn CPR is yelling loud and proud that we support our first responders!
First responders dedicate their lives to keeping us safe and protected. They are the people who run toward a crisis while the rest of the world flees. According to the Department of Homeland Security, 4.6 million career and volunteer first responders support the communities where they live. These dedicated professionals answer the call when a crisis arises, often putting their own lives on the line.
We have compiled a list of ways to say "thank you!" to our brave first responders.
WRITE A LETTER
Write a handwritten letter and deliver it to your local police department or fire station. A handwritten letter is a genuine way to express gratitude. You are sure to initiate a smile from a first responder, for sure.
SPREAD THE WORD
If you know or encountered a first responder that changed your life, or at least made you day a bit better, give them a shout out to the community! Love can be spread indirectly, too!
DONATE TO A CHARITY THAT SUPPORTS FIRST RESPONDERS OR FIRE COMPANIES
A first responder may have given you or someone you know a second chance at life Why not give back?! A great way to do this is by checking out your local fire company's web page. Many times they are doing something fun to raise funds like a pit beef stand or carnival. It's a win win!
COOK AND DELIVER A MEAL
First responders have crazy schedules and are gone at the drop of a hat (or the screetch
of the siren!). There's not always time to get a meal. Why not take them something!? A home cooked meal? Cookies? Snack basket? (I hate cooking so I'm definitely going with the snack basket!)
DECORATE A BANNER
Why not get your family, club or class together to create a fun thank you banner and present it to your local police or fire department. Homemade gifts are the absolute best and when the kiddos get involved it's even more special!
ATTEND AN EVENT WHERE YOU KNOW THEY WILL BE PRESENT
First responders are not always the center of attention. Typically, they are behind the scenes keeping us safe. This is a great time to say thank you and show your support.
THANK THEM ON SOCIAL MEDIA
People on social media typically have at least a couple hundred friends. Send a big shout out to your local first responders! If one post is shared it can go a long way!
SIMPLY SAY "thank you"
When you see one while you're out and about, simply walk up and tell them how much you appreciate them. A little kindness goes a long way!