Week #170 – Three Weeks to Happyness: Thank You, First Responders!

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Week #170 – Three Weeks to Happyness: Thank You, First Responders!

Greetings Happyness Tribe!

You know who will be working on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and all throughout the holiday season?

First responders.

Your police department, firehouse, or ambulance squad doesn’t close because it’s a holiday.  They don’t get to lock the door and call it quits for the day.

They are ready and waiting — away from their families and friends — to serve you in case of an emergency.

The wildfires in California have all of us thanking our first responders.  Just this Sunday, my church used the hour in between morning services to write thank you notes to firehouses all across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

I thought that was a great idea!


Your Happyness Challenge for the week ahead: Thank your first responders!  Last week, we were challenged to thank our mail carriers, delivery drivers, and package handlers.  As you are running your holiday errands this week — be sure to stop by your local firehouse, police station, or ambulance squad and Spread Happyness their way with a goodie bag, some cookies, or a thank you note letting them know you appreciate their being at the ready while you celebrate with your family.  Also, feel free to share the photo above with anyone that you want to say thank you to this week!

(And if you are a first responder — I would love to hear your perspective!)

Spread Happyness — thank your first responders this week!

(And if you or someone you know has a fun way to Spread Happyness this holiday season — please let me know!  I’d love to feature their story of Happyness in Action on the blog!)

12/15/17 by Grace Church
© Grace Church

2 thoughts on “Week #170 – Three Weeks to Happyness: Thank You, First Responders!

  1. Anne

    We need to include those folks in the medical field. Not only are they working on a holiday but, often, as a special treat, they need to do a double. Families visits of patients/residents are often sad. Therefore, we need to pull from deep within the words to comfort them. All those folks called upon to work not only need to deal with missing loved ones but, the guilt of not being with husbands, wives and children. Putting oneself in the shoes of others is the key. And, extra pie when you finally get home. One year I bought every caregiver, about 34, a gift from dollar store. I wrapped it, had them pull their gift from a red bag. It was so fun and cost to me was manageable. It is important to check that no one goes without a gift. I discovered a few people in my complex who receive a gift from ‘the Christmas Angel.

    1. Grace Church Post author

      Absolutely!!! Hospitals AND care facilities!!! What a gift to acknowledge people with a little surprise — even something from the dollar store. Love this idea, Anne!


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