Not just in December, but I actually do this several times a year.... I take dinner or a goodie plate to people in public service. With a husband in law enforcement and a daughter who is a medic I well know that they spend many holidays away from their families.
In fact last night while I was out at dinner my daughter sent me a text saying she was fine, there, not too close but didn't want me to hear on the news that a gunman was at her work. Her information was so fresh that at the time they believed it was a woman. It turned out to be a man and the incident ended without a shot being fired. The person is now getting help.
Firefighters, police, medics, nurses, emergency room doctors, technicians and many more all go to work on holidays. I know some folks have complained about having to work retail on Thanksgiving and while I agree the stores don't need to be open for Thanksgiving working retail is NOT the same as public service.
I've seen first hand it's a thankless job for sadly low wages. I really got a kick out of people protesting in the street that fast food workers should be paid $15.00 an hour when my husband and daughter don't make that protecting the public and saving lives.
A few times a year, including tonight because the firefighters down the street won't be ringing in the New year with those they love, I bake a plate of goodies and have Donald deliver to them. Two kinds of cookies and some just out of the oven warm brownies is what I sent them tonight. Sometimes I make them dinner. Sometimes I drop off laundry detergent for them to do their laundry. Sometimes I drop off kitchen supplies and staples.
Occasionally I also make a care basket for my daughter to take to work with her too for sharing with those who are on her shift although she works in Macon, GA. I plan to continue to drop off these plates and dinners throughout 2016. Please do something nice for a public servant in your community next year.