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Child's small sign of support can make big difference to firefighters

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A letter from Ella. (Source: Jennifer Archer) A letter from Ella. (Source: Jennifer Archer)
A drawing of support. (Source: Brie Godfrey) A drawing of support. (Source: Brie Godfrey)
A thank you drawing. (Source: Miska Doodle) A thank you drawing. (Source: Miska Doodle)
Thank you for all you do from Raelynn and Maya. (Source: Ashley Mank) Thank you for all you do from Raelynn and Maya. (Source: Ashley Mank)
Jack's thank you letter. (Source: Jeremy Baumhower) Jack's thank you letter. (Source: Jeremy Baumhower)
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

If you're looking for activities because you're stuck in the house with the kids, there may be something you could do to make someone's day.

Jennifer Archer and the Sylvania Community Arts Commission came up with an inspirational idea to show support after two Toledo firefighters bravely died in the line of duty, and we want you to get involved.

Kids of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are being challenged to try to brighten our firefighters' and police officers' day. The other firefighters who made it home safely are now grieving the loss of these fallen heroes, but it would be great if a child could draw them a picture, record a video or write them a letter telling them how thankful we are of them, how much we love them, and maybe how we feel sad, too.

"We want to thank them for saving our city," said 7-year-old Ella Archer.

Ella and her friends have been hard at work making dozens of thank you cards.
     
"I think it's amazing. I think it's really, really cool to look at kids of all ages and to understand they get the impact of saying 'thank you,' and they get the impact of being a good friend, and letting somebody know that you care about them," explained Jennifer Archer.

That message hasn't been lost on Ella, who wrote this letter to the firefighters: 

Dear firefighters,

Thank you for being brave and protecting us! I know you are sad and miss your friends. My mom says that my grandma Jan is an angel protecting me. I hope that your angel friends will protect you.

Love always,

your friend Ella

Can we all take a couple of minutes today and tell the firefighters "thank you?"

Parents, post your beautiful pictures, share your thoughtful words or emotional video on the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department's Facebook page. Use #ThankYouTFD so everyone's very cold day can become a little bit warmer. This may not seem like a lot, but truly...it is.

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