Show Your Support For Our First Responders
Emergency workers are on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 outbreak, day in and day out. They are often the first individuals to make contact with those individuals that have become infected by the virus. These brave first responders are your neighbors, relatives, and friends. Some of them are career first responders and others are volunteers. Each one of them puts themselves in harm's way to provide emergency care to those that are sick. Many of them have come down with the virus because of the work that they are doing on the COVID-19 battlefield. Some have even lost their lives.
Let’s show these individuals that they are appreciated! We are joining the efforts of the #LightItBlue campaign honoring and showing our thankfulness to the men and women on the front lines. Here are a few simple ways that you can show your appreciation and thanks. We encourage you to participate in one or more of the initiatives below and then tell us about it by tagging us in your social media posts.
1. Show Your Support with a Ribbon- Blue Ribbon Campaign
Communities are hanging blue ribbons throughout their neighborhoods and businesses to show support for front-line emergency services professionals that are working with their citizens by providing emergency services to individuals suffering severe symptoms of COVID-19. Show your support for these heroes by hanging a blue ribbon of your own. Take a photo, share it on your social media feed and tag it #LightItBlue
2. Light Up the Night to Say Thank You
Families, individuals, and businesses are also encouraged to swap out their porch light with a blue lightbulb as a sign of support for healthcare heroes and first responders.
3. Send a Message of Thanks and Encouragement
Show your gratitude by posting a photo and/or message of support and thanks on to those out there protecting and serving the community! We have put together a digital message board. Use hashtag #thankyouhero to share your support.
Tag the Texas LODD Task Force and use the hashtag #FirstResponderHeroes to share messages, photos or videos of you, your family, and/or your business sharing well wishes for first responders.
E-greetings: Send an online greeting to a first responder.
4. Get Kids Involved
Drawings and artwork: Draw a picture to thank emergency workers for their bravery and dedication; email the artwork to the Task Force (firstname.lastname@example.org) and it will be shared shared online. You can also post your picture online, tag the Texas LODD Task Force and use the #FirstResponderHeroes hashtag.
Print and color any of these coloring pages and give them to a first responder.
5. Post These Social Media Graphics
Download any of these graphics and post them on your social media platforms. You can access these graphics on Dropbox.
By joining the #LightItBlue initiative, we can thank all the first-responders, doctors, nurses and health-care professionals in Texas, as well as those serving in areas throughout the United States and around the world. Be a part of a global movement!