The Saanich Police Association’s kindness project recognizes all essential workers serving the community during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Aaron Thompson)

The Saanich Police Association’s kindness project recognizes all essential workers serving the community during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Aaron Thompson)

Saanich police kindness squad recognizes essential workers with thank you cards, gifts

McDonald’s drive-thru employees, bus drivers among those already thanked

The Saanich Police Association (SPA) has created a kindness project to recognize essential workers – from those operating drive-thrus to those driving the buses – who are serving the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since April 6, Saanich police officers have been going around the District delivering daily thank you notes and little gifts to those working during the pandemic to ensure everyone’s hard work is recognized, said Const. Aaron Thompson.

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“We’re frontline workers ourselves and know how difficult it is to work in these times,” he explained.

Each patrol shift is given a budget to create unique gift packages for anyone they’d like to thank, Thompson said. So far, Saanich officers have dropped off candy and thank you notes to BC Transit employees, paramedics and McDonald’s drive-thru workers.

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The recipients have been “extremely surprised,” he said, adding that the McDonald’s employees were the most confused because they typically hand things out the drive-thru window, not the other way around.

Thompson wouldn’t say who may be next on the list – to ensure it’s a surprise – but he emphasized the goal is to “keep it random” and thank all essential workers. He pointed out that health care workers have been receiving so much “well-deserved” kindness and Saanich police are hoping to make sure others on the front lines also know how much their work is valued.

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Anyone can follow along on the SPA Twitter @SaanichPoliceA, on Instagram @SaanichPoliceAssociation, or join in on the kindness initiative by finding ways to thank everyone from Walmart employees to grocery store clerks to the sheriffs at the prisons.

“We’re happy to lead the charge and make sure all these people get the recognition they deserve,” he said.

Thompson also recommends essential workers keep an eye out for police with presents over the next few weeks as it’s impossible to say who they’ll be surprising next.


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