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Michiana Community Shows Support For Essential Workers On Front Line Of Coronavirus Pandemic

Annacaroline Caruso / WVPE Public Radio

Essential workers like first responders, nurses, police officers, and others continue to serve the community during the coronavirus crisis. 

With sirens, honking, sidewalk chalk, and signs, locals are showing their gratitude to the workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.

A fence next to Beacon Health System read ‘Thank you, Beacon,” with plastic cups. Some used sidewalk chalk to write messages to workers at Goshen Hospital.

Other essential workers are being recognized too. Earlier on Thursday the South Bend Public Transportation Corporation sounded horns from all it’s vehicles to honor public transit workers. 

DTSB in collaboration with a decoration company called Fun By The Yard have been putting signs in front of hospitals and nursing homes.

Jennifer Nyikos is the owner of Fun By The Yard.

“My initial thought was ‘gosh, I hope this just puts a smile on someone’s face when they go into work’ but the response I’m getting is just so much more than that," Nyikos says. "The small things you do makes a difference.”

Nyikos says she has plans to put signs in front of fire stations and police stations next.

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