Local communities keep inventing new ways to honor first responders and other workers fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic as the virus continues to sweep through Hudson County.
In North Bergen, Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the township organized a drive-by parade consisting of EMS workers, firefighters, and police to honor the healthcare workers and other staff at Palisades Medical Center.
Next door in Guttenberg, Mayor Wayne Zitt is encouraging residents to participate in a daily clap-out at 7 p.m., when residents can open their windows and clap for first responders.
Now, Secaucus has created its own way to thank first responders while abiding by the stay-at-home order and social-distancing measures. Recently the town asked residents to share their videos with messages of thanks to those who have been working tirelessly during the pandemic.
“We received an outpouring of these heartwarming messages—some from our youngest residents,” Mayor Michael Gonnelli said. “There were music videos, posters, songs, and messages spoken with love and hope.”
Going above and beyond
The messages are an uplifting tribute to healthcare workers, police and firefighting personnel, first responders, essential workers, and grocery workers for going above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Mayor Gonnelli.
“The messages also show a sense of pride and togetherness, a blessing for all of us living in Secaucus,” Gonnelli said.
To watch the videos, tune in to the Town of Secaucus Facebook page or the Town website secaucusnj.gov/virus.
“Please keep them coming; we need the positivity these videos bring,” Gonnelli said.
Residents have also been working to make and donate protective gear for first responders.
“We have been receiving donations of much-needed masks, gloves, and sanitizers that our first responders could use during the pandemic,” Gonnelli said.
Many residents and groups have started sewing reusable cotton masks for other residents. Gonnelli reiterated that these small acts of kindness show how strong and caring the Secaucus community is.
“Thank you to all those who donated,” Gonnelli said. “And most importantly, thank you to all residents who are staying home, wearing masks when in public, and for doing your part to stop the spread of the virus.”
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