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The previously planned hospital staff appreciation event was set to take place at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at Northside Hospital Cherokee. The Cherokee Marshal’s Office has now stepped in and is currently putting together a digital sign on Northside Cherokee Boulevard that will be visible from Ga. Highway 140.

The Cherokee Marshal’s Office will place a digital sign at Northside Cherokee Boulevard that will be visible from Ga. Highway 140 to thank the doctors, nurses and other hospital staff for their hard and tireless work during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

”We have a lot of people that work at Northside Hospital Cherokee that just simply don’t receive the gratitude and support that they deserve,” said community organizer Lori Pesta. “For this reason, we wanted to put something together to show gratitude and appreciation for all that they do.”

This gesture by the marshal’s office is being done because a plan to line the road near the hospital with cars and people showing support was canceled due to the statewide shelter-in-place order.

That event would have allowed for people to park their cars across from the main entrance of the hospital to wave, bring signs, cheer, honk horns, flash headlights and applaud to show their appreciation. The time slot of 6:30 p.m. would have allowed for the people in their cars to show their support to the hospital staff members who would be changing shifts.

”We wanted to lift morale and show appreciation to everyone inside Northside Hospital Cherokee with the event that I had planned,” Pesta said. “Since we can’t do that now, the sign will be the next best thing to show the workers that we appreciate them and send our support to those in the hospital with COVID-19. I am thankful to the marshal’s office for stepping in and doing this.”

Pesta added that once everything settles down, she plans to re-organize an event to show appreciation to the hospital staff.

An earlier in-car prayer service planned for the hospital parking lot was also canceled. Organizer Brandon Roberts encouraged community members to remember health care workers and patients in their prayers.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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