October 1, 2022

Old Lyme Honors Its First Responders on ‘Random Acts of Kindness Day,’ Selectwoman Shoemaker Delivers Sweet Treats to All Essential Worker Departments in Town

Members of the Old Lyme Police Department display the cookies delivered by Selectwoman Martha Shoemaker on behalf of the Old Lyme DTC on “National Random Acts of Kindness Day,” in honor of the valiant service given by its First Responders. Photos by M. Shoemaker.

OLD LYME — On Thursday, Feb. 17, the Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee (DTC) took the opportunity to recognize the Town’s First Responders, who give outstanding service at all times but especially have done so throughout the pandemic

Trays of cookies, sweets and notes of appreciation were hand-delivered by Selectwoman Martha Shoemaker (D) to the Old Lyme Fire Department, Old Lyme Police Department, Old Lyme Public Works Department, Old Lyme Ambulance Association, and the Old Lyme Animal Shelter.

These Old Lyme Emergency Services personnel were pleased to receive a platter of cookies from the Old Lyme DTC.

According to the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting minutes of Feb. 22, Selectwoman Martha Shoemaker proposed the idea of honoring the Town’s essential workers through, “… kindness, love and gratitude.” The BOS unanimously agreed with the motion to designate Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, as “Essential Workers Day” in Old Lyme.

Subsequently, First Selectman Tim Griswold changed the recognition to coincide with “National Random Acts of Kindness Day,” which takes place Feb. 17.

An Old Lyme First Responder receives a delivery of sweet treats from Old Lyme Selectwoman Martha Shoemaker.

The chair of the Old Lyme DTC, Christine Gianquinto, noted, “Despite the date confusion, our First Responders are essential to our quality of life in Old Lyme and deserve our community’s thanks and appreciation 365 days of the year!”

Cookies celebrate the wonderful work of Old Lyme’s First Responders.

The Town of Old Lyme Kindness Committee is chaired by the First Selectman’s Assistant, Michelle Noerhen.