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Event planned for first responders set for Feb. 13

A special time has been set aside to show appreciation to all first area responders in February.

A First Responders Event is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, February 13 at 13 on Fifth in downtown Luverne.

“February is a month filled with love. What better time to say ‘thank you,’” said Sherry Prevett, owner of 13 on Fifth, the location for the event.

“I’m excited to collaborate with Karen Sullins of the non-profit group Healing Hearts to Resiliency for this community event. This is one where everyone will have the opportunity to stop by the shop, enjoy some refreshments, and talk with friends.”

The isolation many have experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic has led to feelings of being alone, anxiety, lack of trust in the community, and a hyper-focus on personal survival, says Sullins.

“It’s important that we are aware of what is going on beyond our own walls. Check-in with your loved ones, with your neighbors, with the shut-ins,” Sullins said.

“Let’s foster and promote a sense of community wherever and whenever we can, especially for those who are essential workers, healthcare professionals, and first responders; for these, the job never ends.”

With the rise seen in Covid numbers, the healthcare and mental health system is exhausted, with depression levels among young people skyrocketing, Sullins says. That’s where organizations like hers come in.

“Healing Hearts to Resiliency, along with the phenomenal partners we have, purpose to facilitate health and hope in communities.

We want to encourage people to please stay safe, to stand up for each other, to practice love even when it’s hard to, and to let us know how we can help,” Sullins said.

“Healing is expected to be a challenge; all great things take a team effort. While we certainly cannot hold ourselves to a level of being courageous in every moment that comes our way, we must find the strength to feel fear and respond bravely anyway, to persevere in the face of adversity and to stand up for what is right, to let go of what is familiar or certain, and to face suffering with dignity, love, and hope. This concept is the thread that ties a community together in unity.”

Both Prevett and Sullins believe the upcoming appreciation event can be a prime opportunity for each of us to model compassion, community, and courage as a way of overcoming crisis, fear, and the unpredictability of the next few months.

“Our main objective is to come together as a community and thank those who work tirelessly caring for showing concern for their fellow man, and we look forward to welcoming all our first responders along with their families and friends to 13 on Fifth on February 13,” said Prevett.