By Yoos, Cam on May 19, 2020.
A local business and community organization came together to show their gratitude for local firefighters and their continued hard work and perseverance during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the simple gesture of an ice-cream treat.
The Gujarati Society of Lethbridge and Area joined with the Medicine Shoppe to deliver ice-cream bars to the first responders as a way to show their support for the men and women who put their life on the line every day to protect the community.
“The Medicine Shoppe and the Gujarati Society came together to make this happen because we wanted to thank the fire stations around Lethbridge, so we brought in about 300 ice-cream bars so that we can thank all of the fire stations,” says Suketu Shah, vice president of Gujarati Society of Lethbridge and Area.
“In this situation right now, the people who are out and about are not just only nurses and doctors who are getting thank you in different ways, we just thought that the firefighters are very important. Without them this wouldn’t be possible, so we thought we would do a small gesture of thank you.”
The simple gesture was a surprise to many of the firefighters on shift as they enjoyed with the cold treat. Platoon Chief, Dave Heatherington, says that the gesture of appreciation from the Gujarati Society of Lethbridge and the Medicine Shoppe was a nice touch to their day with all of the pressures they are faced with during these times.
“Today was really nice to have some representatives from the Gujarati Society come and they brought us dilly bars from Dairy Queen which is a really nice touch, and our guys really appreciate it during these trying times,” says Heatherington.
“It is reassuring to see the support we get in the community and the people that are supporting us are also working in the community, there are people working in grocery stores, hardware stores, the clerks and everyone else are also supporting the community, so together I think we will get through this OK.”
As the community continues to work collaboratively to get back to normal life while fighting off COVID-19, many individuals, organizations and community groups continue to show their support for workers in all areas and the appreciation for their services.
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