On Christmas Eve in 1988, while I was operating the R.I.D.E. program in Aurora, Ontario, a young family pulled up to our spot check; a mom, dad and two young boys as I recall. One of the boys walked up to me and gave me a can of Coke, a Mars Bar and a Christmas card and thanked me for my service. I was pleasantly surprised and thanked him. They didn’t stick around to talk - they just wanted to say thanks, make their delivery and move on to the next first responders they could find. All of this was explained in their Christmas card. This family made a point of delivering this small gift every year - parents teaching their children an important lesson, ensuring they understood that their first responders worked at all times to keep them safe. Such a simple and wonderful act. I never forgot this.
This is the idea behind the Positivity Campaign. The reality is that very few first responders will complete their career without suffering some degree of mental injury. The small act of displaying a STIGMA Window Decal or Lapel Pin sends a loud message to your first responders that you appreciate their sacrifice. Buy a Decal or Pin today to show your support.
Have a very Merry Christmas and Holiday Season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Thank you for your support,
Christopher Reid, President/Director We Are S.T.I.G.M.A.