On October 26, 2020, Church of God ASEZ university students of Illinois visited the Naperville Fire and Police Departments to deliver around 300 care packages to frontline workers in their community.

ASEZ members wanted to show their appreciation to responders who have put their life in danger for the safety and protection of others amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic. Although many of us have been able to have the option of working from home, firefighters and police officers have been showing up for work without knowing what the day may bring. They are not only managing day-to-day civic duties but are also facing public crises including riots and shootings.

The university students delivered care packages that included handwritten messages along with essential items such as hand sanitizer to the local firefighters and police officers for their efforts in daunting challenges of what has become everyday life since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tiffany, a member of ASEZ who participated in the event shared, “We put hand-written cards in there that we wrote ourselves with a deep message of appreciation so they can really feel how much we appreciate them.”

The delivering of the care packages to the Naperville Police and Fire Departments was attended by Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis, Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall, and Mayor Steve Chirico.

Police Chief Marshall gave a statement in support of ASEZ, saying, “Public service involves making things better for others and all the effort you guys are doing to help other surrounding countries is much appreciated. So continue doing great things for members of our community. Thank you!”

Such a positive act of kindness cheered up these frontliners and gave them encouragement, as they were able to see that their hard work is both recognized and appreciated by the community.

Moved by the efforts of the students, the Fire Chief and Police Chief agreed to continue uniting in future events of ASEZ.