Happiness for Heroes in Maryland

Happiness for Heroes is an opportunity to share messages of support, hope, and gratitude to residents of Maryland’s Charlotte Hall State Veterans Home. In addition, Governor Hogan has asked Marylanders to find a way to show support for all of our incredible First Responders and Front-Line Workers.

Heroes come in many different forms. This year for Day to Serve and beyond, we hope everyone looks for the heroes in their lives and takes the time to show them how much they are appreciated.

There are two suggestions to help in Maryland, Charlotte Hall State Veteran's Home and supporting First Responders & Front Line Workers.

Charlotte Hall State Veteran’s Home

The residents, healthcare professionals, and staff at many veteran’s home centers have been greatly impacted by social distancing and COVID-19. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Charlotte Hall has restricted visitors and other group activities. The Happiness for Heroes campaign is designed to connect our Veterans to the community when being together isn’t an option. We encourage everyone to rally their families, friends, and coworkers to send messages of hope and support to our incredible Veterans and their spouses and families who have sacrificed so much for our country.

These messages will be shared with the residents, their families, and the Veterans Home staff to help fill the void of visitors and to provide words of support and hope during these challenging times. Those who would like to participate are asked to submit videos, letters, artwork, and other messages of support, encouragement, and gratitude. Your messages go a long way to remind our Veterans they aren’t alone and they can make it through this.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN HAPPINESS FOR HEROES

The following types of well-wishes and messages are welcomed:

  • Videos
  • Letters
  • Postcards
  • Pictures
  • Artwork

HOW TO SUBMIT

Send an email to: happinessforheroeschvh@yahoo.com

You can attach images, letters, and small videos message directly or save your video messasge on YouTube and include a link. Then come share with us what you did!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • For videos, please film your video horizontally, so it will display correctly on a TV
  • Refrain from using glitter or confetti, please!
  • Mail should be sent in an unlicked envelope
  • Mail will be cleared by the homes’ infection prevention team before they are passed out to residents
  • Do not date letters

HAPPINESS FOR HEROES SUBMISSION TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Videos can be a few seconds (15-30) or a few minutes long
  • Suggested topics include: expressing gratitude for their service, sharing hopeful messages, well wishes, and positive thoughts Keep messages positive.
  • For videos, get creative! Your children could share your musical talents with our veterans or put on a dance performance
  • Prayers are welcome, however, please avoid excessive religious comments.
  • Our Veterans home residents include Veterans as well as Veteran spouses, so we
  • Encourage you to also thank families who have made sacrifices through a loved ones’ service
  • Share about yourself, family, hobbies, work, school, pets, travel, interests, etc.
  • Avoid messages of “Get well soon,” prospect of getting “well” is not usually a probable outcome for our residents
  • Abstain from writing about violence, killing, illness, injury, death, and dying, etc.
  • Avoid all mention of politics.
  • Refrain from including contact or distinguishing information for anyone under the age of 18. If you are over 18, you may include your contact information so the letter recipient can reply.
  • Recipients are not required to write back.
  • Please add a note to kids’ drawings with their age

 

First Responders & Front-Line Workers

Every day, men and women selflessly put their lives on the line to ensure the safety, well-being, and overall freedoms of Americans. Military, Police, Firefighters, EMT, and Health Care Providers are a special type of person who selflessly help others; a person who voluntarily walks into the unknown and risks their own health and life for strangers. They are heroes who represent the best of society, and they deserve our respect, gratitude, and support. 

This year as part of our Day to Serve Campaign we encourage every Marylander to give back to these heroes through our Happiness for Heroes Campaign. You can perform some small act of kindness that will brighten someone’s day.

  • Create your own unique idea or take an idea from our list of suggestions.
  • Participate individually or in a group.
  • Please share your acts of service and gratitude here. Remember, “Sharing is Caring.” When you share your activity on the Day to Serve website it can spark another person’s desire to fill a need, creating a ripple effect that expands to many more people than you alone can reach.

IDEAS

  • Start a letter-writing or video clip campaign and send these messages of gratitude and support to your local heroes
  • Buy or make special face mask or face shields to help protect our First Responders and Front-Line Workers during COVID-19
  • Organize a group to drive by with signs and messages of gratitude to your local heroes
  • Make gift baskets of fresh fruit, candy, gift cards, ppe items, books, etc...to drop off to your local Heroes