Sometimes the most simple actions to show gratitude or appreciation can have an lasting ripple effect throughout a community. The solidarity that stems from a smiling nod or caring gesture can empower us and help us face the difficult roads that lie ahead. That’s why we’ve launched our “#ThankfulThursday” series, where we’re highlighting the heroic efforts of our essential workers and sharing the many ways of saying “thanks”.
Since launching the series in April at the height of the coronavirus outbreak, we have provided hot meals to medical professionals, first responders, and housekeeping and pastoral teams at a variety of locations. Not only has this been our way of saying “thank you” to essential workers, but also, a show of support to our local small business owners.
As we work to highlight our frontline workers, we encourage everyone in our Tennessee community to come together to uplift one another. Whether it’s buying and eating local, or simply reaching out to your friends and loved ones to ask how they are doing, these small actions can go a long way in strengthening our community during these difficult times.
May 21, 2020 — City of Knoxville Fire Department and Rural Metro Fire Department, Knoxville
The teams at the City of Knoxville Fire Department and Rural Metro Fire are certainly putting the needs of the community before their own. That’s why on this #ThankfulThursday, our Fountain City branch wanted to show their appreciation to their local stations with lunch from Litton’s Market and Restaurant. Thank you for keeping us safe! See the entire post on Facebook page.
May 14, 2020 — CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates, Dr. Beth Casady, Spring City
For this #ThankfulThursday, we wanted to show our appreciation for Dr. Beth Casady and the team of CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates, who continue toi provide exceptional care to the Spring City Community. To say “thank you,” our team provided them with lunch from our friends at Winstead’s American Grill. Small gestures can go a long way! See the entire post on Facebook page.
May 7, 2020 — Kids Kare Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology and Putnam County Emergency Services, Cookeville
This #ThankfulThursday, we were honored to provide lunch from Stroud’s Barbeque of Cookeville to the teams at Kids Kare Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology and a Putnam County Emergency Services location. We’re very appreciative of our area first responders and doctor’s offices, who are continuing to provide exceptional care. Thank you for your selfless work! See the entire post on Facebook page.
April 30, 2020 — Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens
We love seeing the many ways our community is coming together to show support for our healthcare workers. This #ThankfulThursday, we partnered with our friends at BG’s Bar B Que Goodness to provide lunch to the entire day and night staff of Athens Regional Medical Center. Thank you for your tireless work! See the entire post on Facebook page.
April 23, 2020 — East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville
We were honored to provide lunch to the housekeeping and pastoral teams at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and help support a local business. Thank you to The Lunchbox Knoxville for helping us show our appreciation to these caring and compassionate teams! See the entire post on Facebook page.
April 16, 2020 — Erlanger Health System, Chattanooga
The medical staff at Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga are truly at the epicenter of the area’s COVID-19 outbreak. We were thrilled to have an opportunity to show our appreciation, and support a local small business by providing a Couch’s BBQ lunch to the staff in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit. Thank you for your hard work! See the entire post on Facebook page.
April 9, 2020 — Thank You Essential Workers
Stay tuned for more of our #ThankfulThursday initiatives where we highlight those making a positive impact in our community!