Emergency agencies invite community to show support for hospital workers with blessing/lights/horns. Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. – all are invited to join
FREMONT, Mich., November 11, 2021 – Area law enforcement, fire departments and others are holding a “Lights On” celebration of gratitude for hospital workers on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. Families and members of the community are invited to participate and display messages of thanks, as well as honk their horns and flash their lights during the event. For safety, everyone is asked to stay in their vehicles.
Participants are invited to arrive between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. just prior to the 6 p.m. start.
Community members are asked to use the north large parking lot across from the Emergency Department. First responder emergency vehicles will be using Maple, Gerber and Oak streets for staging. Local company Sounds R Us will broadcast the event on radio station 99.3, so participants can follow along and stay up-to-date with announcements by tuning in. Community members, hospital staff and others are invited to share messages of gratitude and inspiration, which will be read during the event, and can email them to Fremont Police Department Officer Matt Hendrie at email@example.com.
“I’d like to thank Matt Hendrie of the Fremont Police Department for organizing this event for our hospital team and all of the participating emergency services agencies,” said Drew Dostal, president of Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial. “We are nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic and experiencing the longest sustained surge of COVID-19 patients yet. It has been tough on our teams and especially our frontline workers. Our teams are dealing with challenges at work, but also dealing with challenges at home and—for those with children at home—at school or with daycare. This has been a long and tiring effort. To have the community’s support means a lot to our team members.”
Throughout the month of November, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial has participated in a month of gratitude events and celebrations as part of Spectrum Health’s Grateful Giving campaign focusing on team member support.
“We have really tried to utilize this month of Thanksgiving to communicate to our teams how valued they are, how much everyone appreciates their hard work, and just to recognize the extra effort in this latest COVID-19 surge where we have high census, our highest numbers of COVID-19 patients, and patients that are very sick,” said Kaley Petersen, director of foundation and community services at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial. “We appreciate our emergency agency partners and especially want to thank Matt Hendrie.”