Thanking responders and essential workers (plus, a “fun fact”)

by beth on April 3, 2020

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Around the community, people are embracing different ways to thank medical workers, emergency responders, and other essential workers. 

An international movement to publicly clap to show support has circulated in the state. #ClapBecauseWeCare calls for the public to step outside or open doors/windows to clap at 7:00 pm tonight and every Friday night. A Facebook event for Massachusetts:

Feeling frustrated sitting at home, while others are risking their lives on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak? Well, there is something you can do as you continue—hopefully—self-quarantining. Clap. That’s right, clap for the health care workers, first responders, nurses, grocery store employees, those keeping our public transit running, truck drivers & many more who are stepping up to keep us safe during these unprecedented times.

Individuals around the world have been showing their support with the simple gesture from the confines of their home. Now it’s our turn Massachusetts—from the Berkshires to Boston, let’s come together as a Commonwealth on Friday at 7PM (and every Friday after that) to rally and cheer for our heroes.

We know how to come together in challenging times. We’re in this together—we’re Boston Strong!

Share with your network and spread the word! Let’s make some noise!

More locally, our State Representative Carolyn Dykema shared on Facebook an initiative started by a mother’s group in Hopkinton:

Thanks to Hopkinton Mom’s Group for starting this great effort to express gratitude to those on the front lines of COVID-19 – medical and hospital staff, first responders, and essential workers.

Post this image on your front door or on social media. If you have young children, have them color it!

01745 Thanks youIn Southborough, a resident shared a photo that he posted a homemade yard sign to in support of Southborough’s paramedics and firefighters. He shared it to spread the support.

He added in the “fun fact” related to his handwritten “01745 Thanks you” sign. He noted that many readers might not recognize that zip code.

Southborough zip codesMost of our town is under the Southborough Post Office zip code, 01772. 01745 is the code for the Fayville Post Office. It’s a small post office at 67 Turnpike Road that serves the Fayville village section of town.

The small Fayville office came under fire by blog commenters in 2011 when it wasn’t on the list of thousands of planned US post office closures. (It looks like the number of closures announced that year never actually came to pass.)

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