We’re all facing different challenges right now. But we think we can all agree that we owe a huge thank-you to the people who are taking care of us as a community. You know who we’re talking about – the healthcare workers, first responders, delivery drivers, and grocery store / restaurant / gas station / postal employees – to name just a few. We know there are so many people who are still going into work, taking risks, in order to help others.

We’re not the only ones recognizing these people, though. The Pittsburgh Pirates teamed up with DiAnoia’s, Pizzeria Davide, and Slice on Broadway to send over 400 pizzas to healthcare workers at AGH earlier this week. Mercurio’s accepted donations to help them distribute pizza and gelato to UPMC St. Margaret, UPMC Shadyside, and West Penn Hospital a few days ago. And Starbucks is giving a free tall iced or hot brewed coffee to all front-line responders.

The big companies aren’t the only ones saying thank you. We heard of a local insurance agent who donated restaurant gift certificates to first responders in his area. And we know there are many of you thanking people in your own ways – both on social media and off.

If you’re looking for a way to say thank you, we have a few ideas – and they don’t have to cost a lot! Yes, you can coordinate to send coffee or a meal to the staff somewhere. Yes, you can send gift certificates to help offset the cost of meal. But you can also set out sanitizing wipes and prepackaged snacks for the people delivering things to your home. Mail a thank-you note or give a social media shout-out to the employees who have been patient with you. You don’t have to spend anything to be kind.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Lauren Roberts

Lauren loves all things Pittsburgh and all things food! When she's not checking out a new restaurant, you can find her in the kitchen trying a new recipe, working on her photography, or out on a bike ride exploring the city.

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