How to Celebrate Community Heroes

Last updated: November 9, 2020, at 4:39 p.m. PT

Originally published: May 21, 2020, at 11:43 a.m. PT

Rainbow drawn on chalk board thanking essential workers

Military Personnel

Our service members make significant sacrifices and showing your support can go a long way. A Million Thanks makes it easy to show your appreciation with letters to active, reserve, and veteran military. Letter distribution is currently suspended due to COVID-19, but other options to give thanks are available. Get the whole family involved in making a difference by preparing care packages for our service members abroad. Support our Troops can show what to include and where to send packages when you’re done.

Medical Workers and First Responders

Medical workers and first responders put their lives on the line every day to serve others. To thank nurses and first responders for all they do, create cards or simply pen a handwritten note. Share your personal examples of a job well done, and the little things they did to show they care. Evergreen Hospital offers a portal to nominate nurses for the DAISY Award, which recognizes nurses who show extraordinary compassion. Check with your local medical center to see if there are similar options.


This heroic team doesn’t just put out fires, they help in all sorts of ways. Let your local firefighters know you’re there for them by having your kids paint a ‘thank you’ poster. You can also donate teddy bears to the WARM 106.9 Teddy Bear Patrol where bears are donated to local fire departments, hospitals, and police stations to bring comfort to kids in stressful situations.


Millions of kids are missing their teachers right now, and parents are, too. Show gratitude to your teacher for all they do to help you learn and grow by sending a personal e-card, purchasing an e-gift card, or make a video about why your child and family are thankful and send it to your teacher. These kind gestures will warm your teacher’s heart. They miss you too!