Berryville preschool children express gratitude to local essential workers
By Haley Schichtl
Twelve children at the Little Angels Child Development Center in Berryville recently wrote letters to essential workers to thank them for their service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assistant director Patricia Armer said all 12 children wrote one letter each to Mercy hospital in Berryville, the Berryville Fire Department and the Berryville Police Department.
“I was just visiting with the kids and they were asking about the virus,” Armer said. “I told them ‘yes, people are still going to work,’ and they said, ‘I hope they’re safe and careful.’ ”
Armer said the kids said they appreciated these people going to work to help others, and Armer suggested they write them letters.
“I just gave them pens and paper and they wrote from their hearts,” Armer said.
Berryville Police Chief Robert Bartos said getting letters from the preschool kids made the officers feel appreciated.
“Our community has always showed appreciation for us even before all this,” Bartos said. “We’re pretty blessed that we’re constantly shown that.”
Cody Qualls, executive director of development, corporate and community relations at Mercy Berryville, said the notes were passed out so all of the hospital’s staff got to see them.
“The notes were really sweet. The staff all appreciated them very much,” Qualls said. “One of the little girls wrote, ‘when I grow up I want to be just like you.’ Of course, that makes everyone smile!”
Qualls said it’s wonderful that the community is coming together to support each other during this hard time.
“The joint efforts of our churches and schools to ensure our children are fed, Tyson Foods handing out free chicken, Cornerstone Bank providing free pizza to the community, the list goes on,” Qualls said.
Qualls said he thinks it’s special for the hospital’s hard work to be recognized, and that healthcare workers are true heroes.
“Our staff – not only doctors and nurses, but also techs, aides, respiratory therapists, workers in imaging, lab, patient access, to the maintenance department and medical records,” Qualls said. “They all serve a vital role in ensuring the continued quality care Mercy provides here in Berryville.”