AHM Lawn Signs Thank COVID-19 Frontline Workers
The AHM Board of Directors is leading a heartfelt community effort to recognize frontline workers risking their health and selflessly doing for others during the COVID-19 crisis. AHM Board Member Ed Skopas and his wife Kathy came up with an idea to expand upon the red heart symbol, which has come to represent all healthcare workers that are tirelessly working to care for those suffering from the dreadful virus. “We envisioned a symbol to recognize all of the incredible people that are working so hard to not only care for those directly affected by the virus but also those that regularly interact with the public, endangering their own health and safety every day.” said Ed. Working in collaboration with Deborah Walls, AHM’s Graphic Design and Fundraising Associate, AHM’s newly formed Fund Development Committee sponsored the creation of lawn signs that recognize the many different groups of professionals and volunteers that are the true heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Steve Fish, AHM’s Board President shared: “the entire AHM board and staff were incredibly touched by the Skopas Family’s vision and support in such a moving way to recognize the heroes living among us and those who we have lost involved in this pandemic.”
According to AHM’s Executive Director Tressa Giordano: “each lawn sign contains four different color hearts: The red heart symbolizes frontline behavioral health & healthcare professionals, EMT’s, diagnostic labs & pharmacies. Blue hearts are for first responders, including police, fire departments, National Guard & military. Green hearts represent the food chain, including grocery store workers, food producers, and restaurant workers. Yellow hearts are for the distribution chain work force, including transportation workers, delivery service workers, warehouse & sanitation workers.”
Signs can be purchased for $20.00 each. All proceeds will benefit the following Andover, Columbia, Hebron and Marlborough charities, as each of these agencies is also involved in service to our townspeople during the pandemic. They include Andover Congregational Church Food Pantry, Columbia Senior Association, Hebron Interfaith Human Services, Food Bank of Marlborough and AHM Youth and Family Services. Signs can be delivered to homes in Andover, Columbia, Hebron and Marlborough for a $5.00 convenience fee. Signs can also be picked up at AHM Youth and Family Services, 25 Pendleton Drive in Hebron on May 9, (10 AM – noon), May 13, (3-6 pm) and May 16, (10 AM – Noon).