Local Daycare Thanks First Responders For Service
September 16, 2020
Since the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the day will always be a day of remembrance, a day for those to honor members of the community who serve and a day to say thank you for sacrifices made. Children at Krissy's Delicate Angels, a home daycare in Glasgow, did just that.
Though these children have no memory of the events as they transpired on Sept. 11, owner and daycare provider Kristine McDonald thought it was important for these children, aged two and a half to 10, to thank those who put their lives on the line everyday to help the community in a variety of situations.
"Even though they are too young to know 9/11, they are never too young to thank first responders," explained McDonald. "In this time of talks of defunding the police and police brutality, it's also important for them to learn that first responders are positive influences."
The children came together to create thank you cards to celebrate first responders and a request went out on Facebook for a police officer, firefighter and an EMT to stop by the home daycare to allow the opportunity for the children to present the cards directly. Kent Murr, of Glasgow Fire, Assistant Chief of Police Tyler Edwards, of the Glasgow Police Department, in addition to Abigail Seiler, Kalu Jensen and Connie Wethern, with FMDH ambulance, answered the call.
As each special guest arrived, the children yelled and screamed in delight. They had the opportunity to not only meet the first responders but were also given a tour of each vehicle. Each special guest also provided stickers from their respective department while the FMDH ambulance crew also handed out coloring/activity books.
Many of the children exclaimed "This is so cool" when they had the opportunity to enter the vehicles while others just stared in delight at everything going on around them. When it was time for the special guests to leave, one child said "Oh dang!" as they didn't want the fun to end.
"It's just so awesome! It's nice to give back to the community and do something different than we would normally do. This is truly a community-oriented event," explained Edwards.
As the special guests got back in their vehicles, the kids waved excitedly with huge smiles and screams of "thank you" rang out. Each vehicle flashed their lights and put on their sirens as they departed, with the first responders' hearts full of gratitude.