It's certainly inspired us to consider how we’ll give thanks on First Responders Day this week.

Perri Ormont Blumberg
September 25, 2017

In honor of First Responder Appreciation Day, first responders—firefighters, police officers, EMT/paramedic personnel, and 911-call center employees—in the Palm Beach area are being treated to a free meal at McDonald’s on Wednesday, September 27th. The offer is available at any of the 84 participating locations in Palm Beach, Martin, St.Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties, CBS 12 in West Palm Beach reports.

To redeem the offer, first responders simply present a valid badge or ID when ordering and they will be treated to a free Extra Value meal.

“We are thankful for everything our local first responders have done to kept us safe before and during Hurricane Irma, and grateful for their efforts to aid our communities during the recovery process,” said Steve Nisbet, McDonald’s owner/operator, and president of the local McDonald’s owner operator group. “We hope first responders enjoy a meal on us on for this First Responders’ Appreciation Day as a thank you for their service.”

We love the thoughtful gesture, and it’s always a good time to thank the dedicated first responders in your local community. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, now is a particularly meaningful time for Southerners to show these servicemen and women how grateful we are.

There are many easy ways to say thanks from writing a letter (or even sharing your gratitude on your police department’s Facebook page) to baking fresh cookies.

If you need more inspiration, consider this Cape Coral teen who makes teddy bears for families of fallen police officers. Or this nine-year-old Florida boy hand-delivering doughnuts to police officers to brighten there day These youngsters certainly remind us of the power of a kind deed. Remember, even a heartfelt “thank you for your service” next time you pass a cop or firefighter on the street or in line for coffee can truly make someone’s day—and yours.