Community unveils giant thank you card outside South County Hospital

The lawn outside South County Hospital is a little more colorful now.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) – The lawn outside South County Hospital is a little more colorful now after community members erected a giant thank you card outside the hospital Monday dedicated to essential workers.

All along the road outside the hospital people have put up their own signs outside their homes – words of encouragement for both hospital workers, and those driving by.

But now everyone will be able to come up and sign the giant thank your card for the workers putting their lives on the line during the pandemic.

“We wanted to share a symbol of hope and gratitude to them,” said the card’s artist Kyle Trudelle.

Local construction company the Destefano Brothers built the eight foot tall card out of plywood.

Trudelle wanted it to depict the best of the Ocean State.

“I wanted it to feel like you are on the beach, you’re sunbathing, and there’s this sweet little message coming by, because right now, none of our lives look like this,” said Trudelle. “This isn’t where we’re at. We’re scared and we’re inconvenienced. And this shows vulnerability, peace, and just a happy future.”

The card took two weeks to build.

Organizer Jessica Rose explained that she came up with the idea after wanting to figure out how the community could come together in a big way for frontline workers, even though everyone is apart.

“I can’t help but think how lucky we are to stuck in our homes, and these people are literally putting their lives on the line to keep us safe,” said Rose. “So what better place to show our gratitude?”

You are encouraged to come down to the card safely, with your own writing utensil, and share your own message of thanks.

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