7 Ways to Celebrate #GivingTuesdayNow

Nurses. Doctors. Grocery store employees. Nonprofit staffers. Delivery drivers. Warehouse workers. First responders. Truck drivers. Cleaners. There are so many people who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. They continue to help keep our community safe and the world running. To honor and celebrate their ongoing sacrifice, let’s say thank you! 

Nurses. Doctors. Grocery store employees. Nonprofit staffers. Delivery drivers. Warehouse workers. First responders. Truck drivers. Cleaners. There are so many people who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. They continue to help keep our community safe and the world running. To honor and celebrate their ongoing sacrifice, let’s say thank you!

May 5: Say Thank You
Join us and our Northeast Georgia community members on May 5 as we rally together to say thank you to the essential workers who have tirelessly and bravely continued to do their jobs. Our effort will be one part of a bigger day of giving and unity called #GivingTuesdayNow. 


We traditionally celebrate #GivingTuesday on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as part of a global generosity movement. As an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, we are excited to join the world in a special #GivingTuesdayNow event. On May 5, people around the world will take action to collectively drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits. 


We are excited to join alongside others in celebrating our frontline workers in celebration of this #GivingTuesdayNow. But how do we do that? There are many ways to say thank you. Choose one – or more – seen below so frontline workers can know how much our community appreciates them! If you have other ways you are saying thank you this upcoming #GivingTuesdayNow, email Alison Geist and you might be featured on our social media channels! 


1. Donate a meal
A meal can do more than nourish someone. A meal can bring a sense of joy and appreciation. If you are thinking about donating a meal, be sure to coordinate with the organization or business so your delivery can be done efficiently and safely. Remember, if you aren't able to make the delivery yourself, you can purchase a meal to have delivered directly. If you live in Athens, check out Athens Works Initiative to do so. Meal donations can be a great way to thank hospital workers as well as the staff at your doctor’s office, EMTs, police officers, firefighters and grocery clerks.


2. Make a sign for your window or front yard
Make someone’s commute to work brighter by posting a sign in your window or front yard telling frontline workers how much they mean to our community. This is a great project for kids!


3. Be kind
Essential workers who are keeping grocery, convenience and pharmacy stores open see large groups of people every day. When you must shop at one of these stores, be respectful of the people working there. Tell them thank you, wear a protective mask, keep your distance from employees and be kind to team members and other customers. These small acts can help workers feel appreciated and safer at their jobs.


4. Share a message on social media
As we all keep our physical distance, connecting online has become even more important. Using social media is a great way to thank frontline workers. You can tag people you know or send a general message using the hashtags #FrontlineLove, #FrontlineHeroes, #COVIDHeroes or #InThisTogether. On May 5, you can also reshare posts from our Facebook or Instagram channels.


5. Leave items for delivery workers
Delivery workers are putting in long hours and many find it hard to get to the store. Help them by leaving items such as water bottles, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, snacks and other essentials that will get them through their day or save them a trip to the store. Remember to sanitize the items as best as you can and leave instructions so the delivery people do the same. 


6. Email Congress 
Show frontline workers you appreciate their work by helping them get the support they need. During this time of uncertainty and economic crisis, many people, including those still working, need a boost to make ends meet. Vital services like 211, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, and SNAP can provide relief for many in need. You can ask your representative to increase funding for these services. 


7. Stay at home
The most important thing you can do to thank frontline workers is to stay home. When we all stay home, we limit the spread of COVID-19. Limit outings to essential trips to the grocery store, medical appointments, picking up prescriptions, walking pets and helping the vulnerable. When outside, use social distancing to stay at least six feet away from others.


Even though we are apart, we can still be United. Let’s show frontline workers that we are in this together!

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