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Signs of support for ER staff: How you can help

The IU School of Medicine Emergency Department is calling on the community to help make signs in support of frontline health care providers.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - We've been seeing all sorts of signs of support for doctors and other health care workers working to save lives during the pandemic.

One effort now underway seeks to really drive home that support and organizers say they'd love help from the community.

Staff members at the IU School of Medicine Emergency Department are making signs and collecting them from anyone with a special message for some of the city's front line heroes.

The signs are for the ER doctors at IU Methodist, Riley and Eskenazi hospitals, all of whom help teach med students and residents - all now working tirelessly to treat and save people with COVID-19.

"Emotionally, you can only imagine the toll day in and day out it takes on physicians and all the providers on the front lines, so we're having the community come together and show support...asking people to get out their crayons, poster boards, markers and glue guns and make signs," said Chris O'Day, vice chair of administration and finance for the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Since posting a request on the social media site Nextdoor a few days ago, more than 100 handmade signs have come in.

Clarence Stevenson, 12, made a sign that says "You rock! Front Line!"

"It makes me feel proud of them risking their lives for everybody and trying to save people," he said. "I hope (my sign) cheers them up a little."

The signs range from a collage covered in words of hope and gratitude to colorful slogans of "Don't be blue, we love you," to simple "thank yous" or hearts scribbled on cardboard by young children.

As O'Day said, "They don't have to be fancy, just make us some signs...and drop them off we'll take sure they're delivered to the frontline providers."

The signs are being delivered and planted in their front yards. Quinton Nannet, a fourth-year med student, is helping out.

He said of the ER doctors, "For the last four years I've received a lot of support from them...they're always willing to offer up their time, their resources and knowledge...this is one of the few things I do to help support them right now."

Nannet also knows those signs will mean a lot to them. "When you go home and see the support, the state cheering you on, I think it makes a difference or at least shows you're appreciated at the end of the day."

Anyone wanting to make sign can drop it off at Half Liter BBQ and Beer Hall at 5301 Winthrop Avenue, which is along the Monon Trail and just south of 54th Street. Look for a gray plastic container marked "drop signs here" at the front of the building.

O'Day said if they get enough signs, they will expand the effort to include ER doctors at seven more IU Health hospitals in central Indiana.