This evening, and every evening at 7 p.m., everyone in our bi-state Missouri/Illinois region is encouraged to go out on their porch, or hang out a window, and applaud, sing or even do a jig in honor of the brave men and women putting their lives on the line every day to help us — nurses, doctors, fire fighters, EMTs, police officers, food workers, pharmacists, postal workers, teachers and a host of others.
Sponsored by RiseUpForHeroes, a group launched last week by the Cardinals, the Blues, American Red Cross and Nitrous Effect (whose CEO Keith Alper originated the effort), the program is asking everyone to show their support and appreciation by:
- Coming out each night at 7 p.m. to express your gratitude.
- Contributing to the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund (RiseUpForHeroes.org) serving a wide group of local agencies working to support those in our region with the greatest needs.
- Donate blood if you are eligible to help the Red Cross avoid dramatic shortages in the coming months (RedCrossBlood.org).
- Show your support by posting videos and photos, developing signs, displaying blue light, adding bears or any other form of thanks in your windows to magnify our appreciation.
- Follow the health guidelines to fight the spread of COVID-19.
SUPPORT FROM ALL
“We encourage every union family to join in, come out, offer THANKS to our fellow union brothers and sisters, and those not in our unions, who all are putting themselves at risk for our care,” said St. Louis Labor Council President Pat White.
“Labor salutes our brave brothers and sisters. We’re there for you, always,” added St. Louis Building Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Stiffler.