Hang a heart for health-care workers, Brighton-area politicians encourage

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Residents can display their gratitude for health-care workers by hanging a decorative heart in the windows of their homes in Brighton and area.

​Five local governments are working together to show appreciation for health-care workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the global health crisis continues, politicians say it’s vital to recognize health-care employees who are feeling the strain of long hours and staffing shortages.

​The Municipality of Brighton, The City of Quinte West, Hastings County, the City of Belleville and the County of Prince Edward are encouraging residents to hang a heart in their front windows, doors or yards as a symbol of support.

​“Health-care workers are on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19 and in Brighton we support our healthcare workers,” said Brighton Mayor Brian Ostrander.

​“Long days and nights fighting to keep people well through a global pandemic, Brighton council and our grateful community thank each and every person working to keep us healthy and safe this past year.”

​A downloadable design is available online or residents can make something unique.

​Next door in Quinte West, the mayor said the community “is incredibly thankful for the work our frontline health-care staff has been doing and continues to do.”

​“Now more than ever we continue to appreciate these shining stars on our frontlines who are doing an exceptional job keeping us healthy,” said Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison.

​Participants are encouraged to take pictures of their decorated hearts and submit them to https://pollunit.com/polls/heartsforhealthcare. Through that link, others can view all of the hearts and leave positive comments in the spirit of celebrating everyone in the health care field. A heart design is also available to download and print here: https://pollunit.com/en/polls/heartsforhealthcare

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News