Rewarding Everyday Heroes

Plaque Kits: Awarding Local Heroes

by Presenta Plaque | on Jan 20, 2016 | No Comments

There are many different ways to give back to the people that have given so much to the community. These are the people who are first to arrive after a car accident, natural disaster or devastating fire. It’s time to give back to your community. Here are some ways you can award and recognize your local heroes:

Host a Dinner or Luncheon

Have a nice, formal dinner or a friendly, casual luncheon for all of your local first responders at a church, banquet hall, etc. Have it catered by one of the popular restaurants in town. This will ensure that all parties will be satisfied.

Bring Lunch

Bring a catered lunch to your local fire station, police station or hospital. All of the employees will truly appreciate your effort to make them feel special!

Throw a Fundraiser

Have a fundraiser or silent auction in honor of a branch of local government. Have all attendees pay a certain amount for their plate, and ask people in the community to donate valuable things to the silent auction. Also, make sure all proceeds go to benefit the chosen branch of local government.

Start a Support Group

A lot of families and spouses of first responders go through emotions and feelings some people just would not understand. If they had a safe place to talk about their struggles, it could greatly benefit their mental health and their family.

Have an Awards Party

Throw a party that could be similar to the Academy Awards or Grammy’s that awards the people who really went above and beyond for the safety of their community. Make sure to have awards made for each winner.

Don’t forget to award them with a beautiful plaque from Presenta Plaque! They will cherish it forever. First responders are always the ones to put their lives on the line for the community, let’s do something for them that shows we care!

 

Rewarding Community Heroes

by Presenta Plaque | on Sep 29, 2014 | No Comments

When we hear the word hero, it’s easy to remember the characters we see on movies and in comic books. In the past couple of years, Hollywood has made superheroes (the mythical ones) the be-all and end-all of pop culture and every kid’s hero. While giving kids a figure with exemplary values to look up to is fantastic in its own sense, why not teach kids to look up to real life heroes?

 

Some of the most inspiring people for kids to applaud can be found not too far from your own home, right in your community and the best way to say thanks is with a little recognition.

 

Just Say Thank You

Firefighters, police officers and paramedics can sometimes be found while off duty in your community. You run into them at grocery stores, grabbing lunch or even when you are in need of their help. You’d be surprised how many people don’t take the time to say thanks. After a long day on the job, a simple “thanks for what you do” can mean a lot to someone.

 

Pay it Forward

You’ve probably heard of paying it forward a lot recently. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s the ideology of making a random act of kindness for someone who hasn’t necessarily done something for you but deserves it. There are many ways to pay it forward in your community; here are just a few of them:

–          Take care of the bill for an officer or other important community member you recognize.

–          Drop off some donuts and coffee or other snacks to a police station with a ‘thank you’ note.

–          Get together with a local school and arrange for a “letters from the community” project and mail these to them. It will be an unexpected but pleasant surprise.

 

Extend the Invitation

 

Next time you have a community event such as a carnival or open house of some sort, send out an invitation to local police and fire stations. If some of them agree to stop by, treat them to snacks and beverages and be sure to thank them for making the community a safer place.

 

Look for Heroes Everywhere

 

Remember: they don’t necessarily have to be in uniforms to be heroes. There are plenty of teachers and community leaders we should remember to recognize. If you know a local hero who deserves some recognition, head to https://www.presentaplaque.com/ and order one of our made in the U.S.A. plaque kits for your own certificate.