‘Thank You Sunday’ service for emergency responders held at Raleigh church

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Just ahead of Thanksgiving, a Raleigh church showed its appreciation to those who help others on Sunday.

Millennium Revival Center held a “Thank You Sunday” event today in recognition of emergency responders.

They thanked them through music and prayers.

The service was meant as a way for the community to show appreciation to firefighters, EMS, law enforcement, correctional facility employees and hospital workers. Workers like Jasmine Wilkens, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, who attends Millennium Revival Center.

“I love to help others,” she said. “I’m a people person.”

Pastor and CEO of the center M. Lamont Cooper said there’s a very good reason he hosted the event.

“I believe [emergency responders] are so often misunderstood, they’re under-represented and with all the great things that they do, so it was pressed upon me, let’s take a moment, especially during this Thanksgiving season, to say ‘Thank you.'”

The gratitude is especially important now, the pastor said.

“There’s so much negative publicity in the media regarding, particularly now with law enforcement, racial division, etc. I wanted to bring a time of harmony, a time of appreciation and thanks giving for such a hard group of dedicated workers that does so much for the [residents] of Wake County.”

Wilkens agreed with Cooper.

“Working as a nurse, you definitely don’t always get that appreciation that you deserve, or that you think that you deserve. We work hard and it’s great to see that someone acknowledges that,” she said. “They’re doing God’s work. They’re caring for others. They’re putting their lives on the line. They’re doing it unselfishly.”

This was the first year for the service.

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