A Community gives thanks
Newaygo County law enforcement, first responders, businesses and community members came together in a show of appreciation for healthcare workers on the evening of the 23rd.
And boy, did they put on a show.
A stellar show of support that delivered a flashing lights, blowing sirens, horn honking salute to the warriors who have occupied the front lines, not in some far off conflict between nations, but in their backyard.
It’s been 9 long months for all of us but particularly daunting for those who have stood at the ready as the COVID pandemic that began with a sprinkling of cases in our county and now stands at 2100 plus.
And on Wednesday night, a grateful community came out to deliver some personalized thank yous, a heartfelt prayer and a powerful message of love and support to their champions.
Rhonda Buter of Independent Bank was there with her family to take in the celebratory pandemonium.
“As a law enforcement wife and a mother of two young girls, we have many conversations at home about the sacrifices that all front line workers must make in order to care for and protect the community. Many of these sacrifices go unnoticed, but not tonight.
“This evening, the community came out in force to show their support for amazing employees of Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial.”
The raucous racket of recognition proved a timely homage to the courage and fortitude shown by our hospital heroes.
“Our daughters (Charley age 7, Ryann age 6) saw many walks of life come together to pray over these frontline workers,” added Ms. Buter. “ They intently listened to all of the employees' names as each one was read over the loudspeaker, and said their own little prayers.
“While this event might seem like a gesture to some, I know it meant the world to all of the frontline workers. And as a parent, it was an incredible opportunity to talk about what an amazing community we live in and how if we all work together, great things can be accomplished.”
“I want to thank everyone at Spectrum for working hard and keeping us safe,” said Ryann. “ We love you and keep up the great work.”