We are all extremely grateful to the superheroes serving on the frontlines of COVID-19 in essential services. Healthcare workers, grocery store staff, gas station staff, delivery employees, first responders, essential drivers, restaurant staff, and so many more. These heroes risk their own well-being daily to ensure we have essential care, supplies, safety, and services. There are so many simple ways to support essential workers as we continue adjusting to our new normal. Check out our Top 5 tips to Say Thank You to Essential Workers.
Say Thank You
The simplest way to thank someone is also the easiest way – just say thank you. When you encounter an essential worker, express your appreciation. Be kind and ask how they are holding up. Not only are they dealing with their own worries and frustrations, they must face the worry and frustration of the people they are serving, and it is not easy to handle. Let them know you are grateful for their dedication and sacrifices.
Place creative, colorful signs outside your house, on a car window, or in a public space where they can see them. If you have children at home, this a wonderful project that will help keep them engaged while allowing them to get into the spirit of gratitude.
Gift a Night of Relaxation
Every essential worker could use a night of curling up on the couch and relaxing watching their favorite show. Gifting a subscription to one of the popular streaming services is just what the doctor ordered. Netflix, Hulu or Disney+ can provide some much-needed entertainment and stress relief.
Support their Families
Many frontline workers are working longer hours. They are serving us while their own family members are on their own at home. Help essential employees by supporting their family members. With uncertainty of school starts and how virtual learning will be handled, offer to provide virtual tutoring/activities for their child(ren). You can subscribe to tutoring services and free virtual activities that can keep their child(ren) entertained.
Gift activities for their kids like board games, sidewalk chalk, puzzles and washable paint. Pick up groceries for them when you do your own supply run. Or gift them with a gift card to buy meals for their family and/or co-workers by sending them some love in the form of cheesy goodness.
Practice Social Distancing & Wear Masks
The best gift you can give an essential worker is taking the right precautions when you’re out in the community to continue to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Health officials recommend that we wear masks and when outside, use social distancing to stay at least six feet away from others.
Hopefully, these tips will help to provide a moment of light and joy for an essential worker. We will happily give you a safe-distance high-five for your support and good deed! Stay safe!