Several local businesses found themselves the thankful recipients of graffiti last week. The messages were positive, grateful and written in sidewalk chalk.
Chalk in hand, Crosley Smith and Adisen Gohs spent several hours on Wednesday and Thursday writing messages of support on sidewalks and parking lots at businesses where everyday heroes work: healthcare facilities and emergency offices.
“I know how hard all these healthcare employees work and I can’t imagine how much more difficult it has to be during this time with this kind of pandemic going through the state,” said Smith. “I thought it would be great to show them some encouragement. They really need it all the time, but right now especially. We appreciate all the work that they do in their efforts to try to keep everyone safe and healthy.”
On Thursday, the two tagged Fast Pace, NHC, Warren County Health Department, Raintree Manor, Saint Thomas River Park Hospital, Dr. Bryan Chastain’s office, and Family Care Clinic on Chancery Street with the main theme of “Thank you. You are all HEROES!” Those statements also included hearts, flowers and Philippians 4:13 which is the Bible verse, “Can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Health Department RN Nursing Supervisor Pat Williams made the call to the Standard about what she called an “unexpected and wonderful gesture” that deserved recognition.
“We really didn’t do this for any recognition,” said Smith. “We did it to recognize them. They are the ones that deserve it. Hopefully, we encouraged a lot of people and put smiles on their faces. We know they need it right now”
A mother’s positive influence was at the heart of the effort.
“My mother saw this being done in another town somewhere and she thought it would be a great for me,” said Smith. “It was a wonderful way to get out of the house, practice social distancing and Adisen really enjoyed it. We had fun doing it.”
Adisen, who confirmed that she is having fun, is likely the artist among the two.
“I’m using to doing this at home,” she said. “This is my first time doing it for public, pretty much. I’m used to sidewalk chalk. I can tell you that. I can, I can, I can. I was doing the flowers and the hearts.”
On Friday, the two visited Warren County EMS, McMinnville Police Station, Warren County Sheriff’s Department and Warren County Fire Departments with sidewalk chalk words of gratitude.